Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson on Tuesday expressed hope that President Rodrigo Duterte can maintain the current momentum against criminality and drugs beyond his first 100 days.

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Lacson himself once an anti-crime czar and National Police chief - said that criminality, particularly drug-related offenses, may be greatly minimized in the first 100 days of the new administration of the tough-talking Davao mayor elected as the country's 16th President.

Lacson cited as significant strides made by law enforcers, particularly against the illegal drug trade, the reports of suspected drug users and pushers turning themselves in to police weeks before Duterte formally assumes his post on June 30.

“Even before President-elect Duterte formally assumes the presidency, we have seen how suspected drug users and pushers turned themselves in to police in past weeks out of fear. Never in the history of criminality in the Philippines have we seen drug users, pushers and the like surrender in this manner,” said Lacson, who served as PNP chief from 1999 to 2001.

“I hope the incoming administration can maintain this momentum and catch more pushers starting July 1. While it is impossible to eradicate crime, it is quite doable to greatly minimize it,” he added.

Lacson expressed hope Duterte will fulfill his campaign promise of a strong anti-crime advocacy, with the help of incoming PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa.

He described dela Rosa, who had worked under him in Task Group Mindanao of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF), as a “doer and a performer who delivers.”

Lacson said of the fight against crime, “It takes a lot of resolve, it takes a lot of will, it takes a lot of courage,” and noted the illegal drug trade is a major problem that has affected more than 90 percent of barangays in Metro Manila.

"We should all be hopeful. I hope President-elect Duterte and Gen. dela Rosa accomplish their mission against crime and drugs, for our and our future generation's sake," he added.

Source: Interaksyon

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