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Senatoriables on ‘Harapan 2019’ support Duterte’s war on drugs

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By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz 

Several senatorial aspirants, who participated in the ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debate on Sunday have expressed support for the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Left to Right: Shariff Albani, Gerald Arcega, Marcelino Arias, Balde Baldevarona, Jesus Caceres, Melchor Chavez, Elmer Francisco, Charlie Gaddi, Emily Mallilin, Jose Sonny Matula, Luther Meniano, Alan Mpntano during the Harapan 2019 senatorial debate at ABSCBN on Sunday. Photo by Jansen Romero

Left to Right: Shariff Albani, Gerald Arcega, Marcelino Arias, Balde Baldevarona, Jesus Caceres, Melchor Chavez, Elmer Francisco, Charlie Gaddi, Emily Mallilin, Jose Sonny Matula, Luther Meniano, Alan Mpntano during the Harapan 2019 senatorial debate at ABSCBN on Sunday. (Jansen Romero / MANILA BULLETIN)

During the fast talk segment of the “Harapan 2019”, labor leader Luther Meniano, former traffic enforcer Jonathan Baldevarona, and lawyer Allan Montaño considered the government’s war on drugs as the greatest accomplishment of the Duterte administration.

However, Meniano had reservations as to how the campaign is being carried out. “There should be no killings. (The government should) observe due process in making arrests.”

Broadcaster Melchor Chavez was also in favor of the government campaign to eradicate illegal drugs. “There is a need to support (the campaign) but killing of poor (drug suspects) should not happen.”

For senatorial aspirant Gerald Arcega, who calls himself the “senador bitay (hanging senator),” “drug lords should be killed first.”

Teacher Jesus Caceres also expressed his support for the drug eradication campaign of the government.

Meanwhile, businesswoman Emily Mallillin was apprehensive about the drug war because “only the drug users are being killed.”

Of the 11 candidates that joined the third leg of town hall debate, only seven were asked about their opinions on the Duterte administration’s war against illegal drugs. #MatalinongBoto2019

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