Vote of confidence

October 18, 2018

CAMARINES Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte has called on the government to remain relentless in fighting the “drug monster,” which continues to victimize the Filipino people, particularly the youth.

Villafuerte issued the call after the Philippines won its bid to keep its seat at the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), garnering 165 of 192 votes cast by member-states.

He described the country’s reelection to the vital UN council as a virtual vote of confidence by the international community in President Duterte’s nationwide campaign against criminality.

The Philippines will serve a fresh term of three years, which starts next year and ends in 2021.

Then Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano described the fresh mandate from the UN General Assembly as a vindication of Duterte’s total war against shabu and other illegal drugs.

Villafuerte said the reelection of the Philippines muted the political noise generated by the Chief Executive’s critics, who have been belly-aching about human rights non-issues since 2016.

Since June 30, 2016, Duterte, the first Mindanaoan to occupy the top political post of the land, has been waging an all-out war against illegal drugs, graft and corruption and criminality.

As shown by various public opinion polls, the Filipino people, from the rich and mighty to the poor and lowly, support Duterte as he exerts his best efforts to rid the country of prohibited drugs.

A survey conducted by the Social Weather Station from June 27 to 30 this year showed 78 percent of the Filipino people were satisfied with the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

With the support of the public and the international community, the crusading Duterte administration is seen to succeed in ridding the country of shabu and other prohibited drugs.