So far, it appears that the 16 million Filipinos who voted for President Rodrigo Duterte are still supporting him despite all the controversies, especially the issue of drug-related extrajudicial killings (EJK). If you are still wondering why, here is an interesting explanation of veteran broadcast journalist Luchi Cruz-Valdes. Watch the video below with an open mind.
“Ang gusto ko kay presidente (Duterte) ngayon, kung ano yung sinasabi nya, yun siya, di ba? Kaya nung sinabi nya kahapon na, ilang beses na ba nating narinig ang mga pangako sa mga veterans? Lumang tugtugin na yan e.” Luchi Cruz-Valdes said, Monday, August 29 on her ;Relasyon”radio program at Radyo Singko 92.3 News FM with Atty Mel Sta. Maria.
“Tuwing National Heroes’ Day tsaka Araw ng Kagitingan, di ba laging yung mga presidente laging nangangako ng ganito, ganyan, whatever. Pero ito, nung marinig ko si Presidente Duterte, somehow iba ang dating nya sakin, parang seryoso siya, gagawin nya yan. Yan ang gusto ko sa kanya. Pag sinabi nya, gagawin nya.” The TV5 news anchor added.
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Cruz-Valdes added that even some of President Duterte’s statements are unacceptable, he will still say it, and will do what he said. She then commended the president for giving honors to wounded soldiers in Malacanang. This includes Jerome Jacuba, the solider who got blind in a clearing operation and is now enrolled in a computer school for the blind.
The journalist noted that she believes that when President Duterte is very sincere when he promised more benefits to soldiers, and that he will do it. She was referring to the president’s announcement of the P4.7 billion budget for World War II veterans, the widows of AFP soldiers and retired soldiers, saying that it will be released as soon as possible.
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Nevertheless, Luchi Cruz-Valdes acknowledged the criticisms against the intensified campaign of President Duterte against illegal drugs. She noted that the number of killed drug suspects only shows that illegal drugs in the country was neglected by previous administrations, and that there is a question as to whether all of them are really drug-related.