Malacañang has bucked on the allegation that murders elevated under President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a press briefing Tuesday (June 27), Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella stated killings have been occurring even earlier than Duterte assumed workplace.
“It has been of long-standing. It’s not as if it started with the President. It has been there, deeply, deeply rooted,” he stated.
Abella, nonetheless, stated the administration has made “definite progress” in preventing crime.
“Crime rate is down and of course there’s explanation for those things. But at this stage, we need to understand that there is much progress that has been done during the President’s administration,” he stated.
Duterte has drawn criticism for his brutal battle on medicine, which his opponents claimed have resulted in over 7,000 deaths.