The Philippine Star

Rody’s first 2 years in office ‘fruitful’

- By ALEXIS ROMERO

Malacañang yesterday described President Duterte’s first two years in office as “fruitful” despite controvers­ies stirred by his tirades against critics and his bloody war on illegal drugs.

Presidenti­al spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte has “fulfilled many of his promises of real change” because of his leadership and politi- cal will.

“I have witnessed first-hand the President’s hard work, dedication and sense of duty. Major promises have materializ­ed because we are headed by someone who has strong political will, decisive leadership and compassion for his fellowmen,” Roque said in a statement.

‘The first two years of the Duterte administra­tion has generally been fruitful. Much has been ac- complished but much more needs to be done. It is a continuous work in progress in achieving and actualizin­g the promise of genuine and meaningful change for the Filipino people,” he added.

Roque said the government is winning the war against illegal drugs, a problem that Duterte claimed has contaminat­ed millions of Filipinos.

Citing data from the Philippine National Police, Roque said a total of 91,704 anti-drug operations were conducted by law enforcemen­t agencies from July 2016 to March 20, 2018, resulting in the arrest of 123,648 drug suspects.

He added that the intensifie­d effort against illegal drugs also led to the dismantlin­g of 189 drug dens and clandestin­e laboratori­es in the country.

A total of P13.46 billion worth of methamphet­amine hydrochlor­ide or shabu and P19.67 billion worth of drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals, and laboratory equipment were also seized by government forces.

The Philippine Drug Enforcemen­t Agency claimed that as of April 2018, a total of 6,462 barangays in the country have been declared drug-free. Roque made no mention of suspects killed during drug-related operations.

He also cited what he described as “significan­t economic feats” by the administra­tion.

He said the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 6.7 percent for last year, making the Philippine­s one of the the fastest growing economies in Asia. The government is targeting a seven to eight percent GDP growth next year.

“The Duterte administra­tion’s independen­t foreign policy with other countries has also proven beneficial to the country. The President’s state and official visits in the past months resulted in billions worth of investment­s and are expected to create thousands of jobs for Filipinos,” he added.

 ?? BERNARDO BATUIGAS ?? Students of CAA Elementary School in Las Piñas read Pilipino Star Ngayon yesterday afternoon after receiving shirts, bags and school supplies donated by The STAR Group of Publicatio­ns for an outreach program of Mars and Friends in Action.
BERNARDO BATUIGAS Students of CAA Elementary School in Las Piñas read Pilipino Star Ngayon yesterday afternoon after receiving shirts, bags and school supplies donated by The STAR Group of Publicatio­ns for an outreach program of Mars and Friends in Action.
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