- Netizens reactions made appearances following Duterte's roll of alleged narco-personalities
- A mixed of support and opposition sent the social media abuzz, as expected
- Solons are also divided, as they voice out reactions to the president's roll of narco-personalities
In an otherwise normal weekend, Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte once again drops a bombshell amidst the unsuspecting citizens under his leadership as he names politicians, judges, and officials with linkage to illegal drug trade.
As was expected, supporters and human rights advocates did not disappoint. Modern-day platforms such as Twitter and Facebook were once again abuzz with reactions to the shocking news.
Here is a compilation of the reactions that the President's announcement received:
1. The supporters
Of course, after winning with more than 16.5 million votes Duterte got in the recent elections, he managed to retain the support of a good chunk. Despite the amazing growth of the number of extrajudicial killings, these set of supporters is expected to laud this change that the President has been promising all along.
2. The naysayers
Of course, just as the presence for expectation of support, the President is bound to receive opposition from all sides. The presence of the following reactions says as much:
3. The lawmakers
Will our lawmakers be left behind? Surely not. The lawmakers have voices - of course they will have to be heard!
The Representative of the Lone District of Ifugao, Teddy Baguilat Jr., says, "The poor, the lowly drug pusher or the addict simply gets the bullet. It seems like the rules are different with the rich and the poor."
While Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon merely gave a reminder to the President - to ensure that ‘due process' and 'the rule of law must be dutifully upheld’, other politicians also showed support to the President's pet project.
Isabela Representative Rodito Albano, on the other hand, calls for support from all government agencies, including the legislative and judiciary departments, for the president's drug war. In a statement, the representative from Isabela said, "He should go and speak his heart out like the real President Rody that we know. We are all in politics so we shouldn’t be scared of whatever goes out in public.”
Reformed drug addict and Negros Oriental Representative Arnulfo "Arnie" Teves shared his two cents. In his statement, he reminded the President to identify drug-linked personalities only if he has evidence to back the accusation - thus, avoiding political taints in the ongoing drug war.
Angeles City Mayor and the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) President Edgardo Pamintuan, for his part, merely called on the named drug coddlers to come forward to ‘explain their side and clear their names’.
“This is now their opportunity… The protectors of pushers and drug syndicates must face the consequences. With enough evidences, they must be hailed to court,’’ he added.
The president roll of narco-personalities includes more than 150 'narco' politicians, judges, sitting and retired government officials policemen, and lawmen, all of which were named during his visit to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Central Command (Centcom) headquarters at Camp Lapu-Lapu in Cebu City.