Gov’t to remain relentless in fight vs crime, drugs amid rise in crime victims: Palace

MANILA – Malacañang on Saturday said the government would
continue its campaign against criminality and illegal drugs
amid the slight increase in the number of people who have
fallen victim to crime. 

Around 1.4 million families or 6.1 percent said they were
victims of common crimes in the past 6 months, higher than the
1.2 million families reported in June this year, a Social
Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed. 

The figure is, however, the same as in the same period last
year. 

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo
assured the public that the government would not remain
“complacent.”

“As PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) said, his campaign
against criminality and illegal narcotics shall be pursued
until the last day of his term to ensure that our streets are
completely safe from criminals, drug personalities and other
rogue elements,” Panelo said.

The Palace also noted that while there was an increase in the
number of Filipino families reporting crime victimization, the
Duterte administration has made “significant strides” in
curbing criminality and illegal drugs.

“Indeed, Filipinos now feel safer knowing fully well the
government’s stance against criminals and drug pushers,” Panelo
said.

Panelo also alleged that those who continue to criticize the
President’s policies were “either people who are connected with
illegal activities or politicians belonging to the opposition,
as well as their blind followers, who cannot accept the feats
of the government.”

Duterte has made the campaign against illegal drugs his
administration’s main priority since assuming office in 2016.

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