LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 11 (PNA) -- Albay (second district) Rep. Joey Salceda said President Rodrigo Duterte’s first 100 days in office was highlighted by his anti-drug campaign, a legacy to the next generation of Filipinos.
“The President is protecting the next generation of Filipinos because if the drug contagion will be allowed to spread the children will be exposed even before birth,” he said.
Salceda said as drug incidence went down by 80 percent the crime volume in the country dipped by 31 percent while the crime against persons was reduced by 39 percent.
He said the weakening of the Philippine currency does not have a significant effect on the country’s economy.
“As an economist, the weakening of the peso is no Duterte factor as the fallen stock market is just a reaction to the interest rate of the United States,” said Salceda.
He said the pinch is felt so much more in other countries, citing Mexico as being in a “worst” situation while “in the emerging markets, the Philippines is not at par.”
Salceda also lauded the administration’s independent foreign policy, immediate action on the “Freedom of Information” through an executive order and the move to curb “endo” (end of contract) “with 11,000 contractuals already regularized.”
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 as the highest, the Albay solon said he is giving the President a satisfactory rating of 8 “because for a short period of time” he was able to push for an indefinite ceasefire with the National Democratic Front, Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army (NDF-CPP-NPA).
Salceda noted the ongoing resumption of peace talks with the NDF-CPP-NPA. (PNA) JMC/GVR/RBB/EDS