DAVAO CITY — Presidential and vice-presidential tandem Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano warned this year as the last Christmas for criminals and corrupt.
“Huling Christmas na ito ng mga kurakot at kriminal. Sa susunod na taon, magpapasko silang lahat sa bilangguan. Hindi namin hahayaan na maghari ang katiwalian at kriminalidad sa ating bansa (This is the last Christmas for the corrupt and the criminals. Next year they will all celebrate Christmas in jail. We will not allow corruption and criminality in our country),” Duterte and Cayetano said in a statement.
Cayetano said that if they get elected in 2016, he and Duterte would “immediately work towards stamping out criminality, illegal drug trafficking, and corruption during their first year in service.”
The two said their first order of business should they win in the 2016 elections is to run after criminals and to make the communities safe.
In a statement, Cayetano said he and Duterte want to bring down the national crime rate “by half within one year” of assuming their posts.
Cayetano said they will implement an “intensified and aggressive” national anti-crime campaign targeting the country’s identified crime hot spots.
He said they are planning to create a national hotline number to contact in cases of emergencies.
Cayetano added that among the candidates for president “only Duterte has the ability to do for the entire country what he was able to do for Davaoeños in terms of protecting them against criminals and illegal drug syndicates, and weeding out graft and corruption in government.”
In a paid television advertisement, Duterte also warned criminals, corrupt officials, and drug addicts to stop making the lives of Filipinos “miserable.”
“Kayong mga nagpapahirap sa mga Pilipino, kung ayaw ninyong huminto at patuloy pa rin ang karahasan, ito na ang huli ninyong Merry Christmas (Those who are causing the hardships o Filipinos, if you will not stop and you continue your crimes, this will be your last Merry Christmas),” Duterte said in the 30-second video.
Cayetano said he suggests that those who are involved in crime, drug-trade and corruption should include in their New Year’s resolutions the plan to have a new life.
“Dahil sa oras na magkaroon tayo ng isang Duterte na pangulo, ito na ang huling Paskong ipagdiriwang niyong masaya (By the time that we have a Duterte as president, this will be your last celebration of a happy Christmas),” he said. (davaotoday.com)