By: Elena Grace Flores
Christiane Amanpour, CNN International anchor for CNN Breaking News that feature the running mate of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Alan Peter Cayetano who did not make it to the Vice Presidency for obvious reasons as per the interview – already explained to Cayetano that the same bloody strategy on the war on drugs was already implemented in Thailand and Mexico – but to no avail, but Cayetano in his lack of experience for general governance was still hopeful just to show defense in favor of Duterte. The CNN interview went:
“Are you sure this (war or drugs) will work?” Amanpour asked.
“We hope so, we’re praying so we are just trying to instill in the people the love but also the fear of the law,” Cayetano said.
He added, “as to casualties as I said in a perfect world no one should die.”
Of the 2,000 death toll as of Tuesday, the Philippine National Police said 895 suspects were dead and 1,100 deaths are still under investigation according to Chief Ronald dela Rosa. So, it is just bias that Cayetano took it as “bearing fruit” when there are more suspicious deaths than the actual illegal drug casualties.
“We have three to seven million Filipinos who are hooked on drugs, three million who are addicted to it,” Cayetano said. “Something has to be done and our President has started to do something about it.”
“What do we tell the critics? Please come here, don’t just read the reports because there are people out to discredit him (Duterte) that are using the words extrajudicial killing, summary killing, vigilante killings very loosely,” Cayetano added.