- Filipino comedian Ogie Diaz defended President Rodrigo Duterte from the latter's detractors
- This came after Duterte administration started to receive criticisms following the appeal to extend for another six months the president's war on drugs
- It can be remembered that Duterte promised to eradicate illegal drugs and crime in the country within 3-6 months
President Rodrigo Duterte has recently announced that the Philippine government would extend another six months to wipe out crime and illegal drugs in the country.
The tough talking Chief Executive admitted that he did not foresee the magnitude of drug problem that needs to be solved.
"Maybe just give me an extension of another six months. I did not have that idea that there were thousands of people in the drug business and worst is they are operated now by people in government," Duterte noted.
"The problem is I cannot kill them all," the iron-fisted president added.
"Even if I wanted to, I cannot do it," he furthered.
Duterte's announcement gained both positive and negative comments.
One angry netizen attacked Duterte.
"No idea how big the problem is?! Eh di ba sabi n'yo po, and I quote, 'it's not just an epidemic but a pandemic!' Kaya nga may 'all-out war on drugs' po kayo, 'di ba, kasi sabi n'yo po it's the country's biggest problem?! Kaya nga rin po nag-declare kayo ng 'state of lawlessness' sa buong bansa, at hindi lang dahil sa insurgency?! Kaya nga po tinaasan n'yo ng sobra-sobra ang budget ng military at kapulisan?! Tapos sasabihin n'yo po ngayon hindi n'yo inakala na ganito kalaki ang problema?!"
(No idea how big the problem is? Didn't you say, and I quote, 'it's not just an epidemic but a pandemic!' That is why you have an 'all-out war on drugs', right, because you said it's the country's biggest problem? That is also the same reason why you declared a 'state of lawlessness' in the country, not only because of insurgency?! That's the same reason why you likewise increase the budget for the military and police?! And now you'd say you never thought the problem would be this huge?!)
Actor and comedian Ogie Diaz, on the other hand, came to rescue President Duterte noting that Filipinos should instead work hand in hand to help in his campaign.
The showbiz reporter even encouraged everyone to refrain from pinpointing the president's shortcomings.
Below is the statement of Ogie Diaz defending President Rodrigo Duterte against his critics.
"Nako, kahit naman i-extend pa ni Duterte yan hanggang sa huling araw ng kanyang termino, siya pa din naman ang Presidente.
Alam nating sa laki ng problema ng droga sa bansa ay hindi talaga kakayanin ang anim na buwang pangako ni Duterte na sugpuin ito.
Wag na kayong magalit kay Duterte. At least naman, nangangarag na ang mga drug lords at mga pushers and drug users sa kanyang krusada.
MAY NAGAWA BA TAYO NUNG ANG PANGAKO NI PNOY NA MAGPASAGASA SA TREN AY DI RIN NAMAN NITO TINUPAD?
WALA, DI BA?
Kaya wag nang magmalinis. Lahat, may dungis, may shortcomings, may pagkakamali, may pagkukulang.
Nagkataon lang na may mga pangakong napapako.
Nagkataon ding may mga ayaw kayong tao na hinihintay nyong pumalpak para papaniwalain nyo ang mga sarili nyong, 'Kitam, tama ako!'
Kasi nga, pag me nagagawang maganda, nakabibingi ang katahimikan at mga no-comment lang ang drama nila.
At pag nagkamali, PUTAKTI na naman!"