De Lima laments: Duterte 'obsessed' with drug war


Posted at Oct 09 2016 11:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila de Lima. File/Composite

MANILA -- Opposition senator Leila de Lima on Saturday gave a mere passing rate to the achievements of President Rodrigo Duterte in his first 100 days as the country's highest leader, lamenting that the Chief Executive has been "obsessed" with his war on drugs.

De Lima said that while there is nothing wrong with Duterte's determination to stamp out the drug scourge, he should not have neglected other areas of governance.

"'Yung first 100 days ho kasi, sayang. 'Yun ho sana, 'yung first 100 days dapat ho naging agresibo, naging determinado sila dun sa mga iba pang mga bagay. Hindi 'yung nakatuon lang siya -- although, hindi naman masama na talagang determinado siya diyan -- sa war on drugs," De Lima lamented.

"Pero parang 'yun na lang ang kanyang inaasikaso. Kahit sa mga public pronouncements niya, 'yun na lang. Maski nga sa SONA (State of the Nation Address), halos 'yun na lang ang pinag-usapan niya."

[The first 100 days was not maximized. In the first 100 days, they could have been aggressive, determined on other issues, instead of just focusing on -- although it isn't really bad that he's determined with that -- on the war on drugs. But it seems that it is all that he's taking care of. Even in his public pronouncements, that's the only one that comes up. Even in his SONA, that all that he talked about.]

De Lima, a staunch critic of the campaign that has seen over 3,000 drug suspects killed, added: "Masyado siyang naka-focus on the war on drugs. Obsessed na siya sa akin." [He's too focused on the war on drugs. He's obsessed, for me.]

The senator urged the fledgling administration to focus instead on other "pressing needs" like poverty, the traffic nightmare in Metro Manila, and the national economy.

She also agreed with the President's 6 out of 10 self-rating on his performance.

"Siguro fair na para sa kanya 'yun, 'yung 6 na rating niya. So hindi naman mataas, hindi naman masyadong mababa [That's may be fair for him, his self-rating of 6. It's not too high, but not too low]," she said.

The killings in Duterte's anti-narcotics crackdown has drawn international criticism, including from the United Nations and US President Barack Obama, prompting the acid-tongued leader to hurl angry insults at the foreign superpowers.

The controversies in his first 100 days in office, however, has not eroded local public support for Duterte, who has a net satisfaction rating of +64 or "very good," according to a recent survey.