Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III gave President Rodrigo Duterte excellent grades despite chronic absences and experiences of extrajudicial killings in his first 12 months in workplace.
Pimentel gave the President a grade of eight.5 to 9, on the size of 1 to 10.
“Yung slogan ni Pres. Duterte (na) ‘Change’, ang dami nating naramdaman na pagbabago. Sa foreign relations na lang, kitang-kita na ngayon na the world believes that we have an independent foreign policy. Hindi po tayo dinidiktahan ng kahit anong bansa. We determine our own course in international affairs,” he stated.
Pimentel stated he has no complaints towards the President,
He stated the 72-year previous chief was hardworking and at all times made an effort to go to all corners of the nation despite his aversion to journey.
“Yung mga pagpapahinga, natural lang sa akin iyon. Tanggap ko rin po iyon. So sa Presidente po natin, keep on doing what you have been doings. Yung mga surveys nagsasasabi na the people appreciate what you have been doing. Mayroong mga negative statement pero demokrasya ito eh,” he identified.
While admitting that he’s personally alarmed concerning the quite a few killings within the nation, Pimentel stated it was simple that crime charges have dropped since he took over.
But he urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to enhance on the matter of fixing the general incidence of crime, significantly on homicide and murder circumstances.
“Sana mabasa ko na that the PNP (on the second year of the Duterte administration) is able to solve a lot of these crimes and to read the identification of the perpetrators and the filing of cases against these people,” he stated.
“Pagdating po sa war on drugs, alam na ng tao na priority ito. Kung bumaba man ang overall incidence ng crime, let us look at the murders, baka tumataas ito,” he added.