How Duterte-Cayetano will suppress crime in 3-6 months

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Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Alan Peter Cayetano (R)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — In previous interviews and presidential debates, PDP Laban standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte has promised to suppress crime, illegal drugs and corruption in three to six months.

But how exactly will he do it?

If elected president, Duterte said his first executive issuance will raise the threat level of illegal drugs in the country.

“I will raise the level sa drug threat into a national security issue," he said on Thursday (April 14).

Duterte intends to use the military and the police to crack down on criminals.

In line with this plan, he stressed the need to hire more policemen and have an additional army division.

“I need two divisions sa Army. Ranger trained. I need 3,000 policemen," he said Thursday.

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Duterte’s opponents doubt his ability to end crime in half a year.

They said they have yet to hear any detailed action plan on how the mayor will do it.

Duterte’s running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano said Duterte will hit the ground running if he wins the election.

Cayetano said mayors and police and military generals will be called to Malacañang for a meeting on day one of a Duterte presidency.

Ipatatawag ang mga heneral, mga mayors para isubmit ang Order of Battle at gumawa nang plano nung buy-bust at yung case build-up sa bawat isa," Cayetano said on Wednesday.

[Translation: All the generals and mayors will be called to submit an Order of Battle and to create buy-bust plans and case build-ups for each one.]

As far as the tandem is concerned, identifying criminals won’t be a difficult task.

The tandem insisted local officials in every community already know drug pushers in their areas and are only afraid to report them to authorities for fear of retaliation from the criminals.

Alam nung kapitan kung sino pusher. Alam ni mayor kung sino pusher," said Cayetano.

[Translation: The barangay captain and mayor know who the pushers are.]

To complement this, he said they also plan to restore the special court for heinous crimes.

Sa ngayon kasi, sa tagal nang kaso nakakapyansa. Nawawala ang ebidensya. So from the intelligence build-up part all the way to going to jail and the law enforcement part is part of the political will.”

Instead of questioning their platform, Cayetano called out their rivals to present their own strategies to fight crime.

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