After Duterte’s offer for her to be in his cabinet either as social welfare or tourism secretary, presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe thanked the Davao City mayor and offered him to be her anti-crime czar if she wins the elections.
"Salamat sa kanyang pagtingin at kaniyang offer. Susuklian ko rin. Gusto ko rin i-offer sa kaniya ang pagiging anti-crime czar. Siya na lang sapagkat sinabi niya, 3-6 months matatapos niya ang problema so pag 'di niya nagawa ng 3-6 months, siya daw na mismo ang aalis. So para sa akin, iyun din ang hamon sa kanya," Senator Grace Poe said while in a campaign sortie in Baseco Compound in Tondo.
One of the major campaign promises of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and running mate Alan Peter Cayetano is to curb crime within 3 to 6 months into office, which has been questioned by the other presidential candidates and dismissed by some sectors as not doable unless thru martial law or extra-judicial means.
Poe clarified that she does not intend to incense Duterte with that offer and maintained that she wants to make Filipinos feel secure within the first month of her administration.
In her previous statements, Poe said that killing is not the solution to criminality taking a swipe at mayor Duterte, who was accused of violating human rights in the name of fighting criminality and illegal drugs.
"Hindi lang po patayan ang solusyon palagi. Hindi tayo magtitiis nang matagal. Ang kailangan lang ay organisado. Ang kailangan lang ay makatarungan, sapagkat kung nagkamali tayo sa ating desisyon at may naapektuhang isang inosente, hindi na po matatapos ang gulo," Poe said while addressing local leaders in Surigao Del Norte on April 12.
Poe visited the Baseco compound on Thursday (April 14), accompanied by former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, who is known to have a pro-poor and anti-crime platform.
"Kasi ang Baseco ay parang puso rin iyan ng Metro Manila. Iba-iba ang mga naririto dito sa Baseco. Marami ang mahihirap kaya iyun ang gusto natin talaga. Makausap, malaman, mabigyan ng impormasyon kung ano ang ating gagawin kung sakaling Manalo," Poe said of her visit.
Poe also took a swipe at former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima, who was appointed to the post by President Benigno Aquino III.
"Unang buwan pa lang, sisiguraduhin natin na iyung mga proyektong pang-imprastraktura magkakaroon ng pag-uumpisa," she said. "Mag-eexecutive order na ako na dapat magkaroon ng libreng pananghalian at sabi ko nga, iyung pulis na matitino iyung PNP chief na maayos, hindi mga Purisima na pulis."
Former PNP chief Purisima was dismissed from service in June 2105 by the Office of the Ombudsman over the alleged involvement in a ₱100-million anomalous deal between the Philippine National Police and a private courier company.