Look at the statistics, there is nothing to be blamed on Duterte – netizen - The Daily Sentry

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Look at the statistics, there is nothing to be blamed on Duterte – netizen

Netizen with the handle Josh Gonzales recently took to Facebook to express his thoughts towards President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement during his 2018 State of the Nation Address saying, “Your concern is human right, mine is human lives”.
President Rodrigo Duterte / Photo from The Summit Express

According to Gonzales, he used to be a Duterte loyalist, now not anymore. But even so, he says that he is not against the president.

More than that, Gonzales said he looked at the statistics that surround Duterte and saw that the extra judicial killings that happened during his term is far less than the killings in the past administration.

Gonzales claims that during the term of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, there were approximately 16,700 murder and homicide cases. However, during Duterte’s term, Gonzales claims that there are only 12,000 murder and homicide cases.
Former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III / Photo from Manila Bulletin

He adds that there is a stark difference in the killings that happened. According to him, the killings during the Aquino administration were mainly innocent people being killed by drug dealers and pushers. But in the Duterte administration, those being killed are the drug users, dealers and pushers themselves.

He expresses his frustration that despite this, the critiques only seem to attack Duterte and not Aquino.

He thinks that those who protest are being really picky about what they speak up against. He adds that it is unfair because the statistics clearly indicate that Duterte has lessened the killings that have been happening in the country.

“it is wrong to condemn the president without looking at the statistics and comparing it to the past administrations,” Gonzales said.

Calling to the people, he asks them to look at the statistics first before he complains. He says that drugs are the root of all crimes and that the Duterte administration is only right in doing all they can in taking it out of society.

Read his full post here:

"Your concern is human rights, mine is human lives." - President Rodrigo Duterte, SONA 2018

This was probably the most controversial statement the president have said on his State Of the Nation Address last July 23, Monday. Controversial not in the sense of it triggered controversies, but controversial due to the different feedbacks and reaction it gained from the Filipinos. Some were amazed, touched and literally praised the president and some raised questions, like for instance, if he is really after the human lives why does Extra Judicial Killings is at its peak and many suspects have died without even defending themselves in an open court.

First of all, I am not against the President, and clearly no longer a loyalist also. But based on statistics, In Duterte's 12 months in office, there were more or less 12,000 murder of homicide cases whereas in 2013 alone, during the former Noynoy Aquino's term, there were approximately 16,700 murder and homicide cases. 
President Rodrigo Duterte and Former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III / Photo from RMN.ph

My concern is this; There were clearly more murder cases and killings during the past administration, but why does the president's critiques are absolutely quiet about it? In Duterte's term, mostly the suspects that have been killed are drug pushers, and drug-related criminals who are victimizing other innocent people, and the past administration's murder cases' victims were mostly innocent people who have been murdered by drug addicts, rapists and riding in tandems. 

That is more alarming than the case we have now, but why are they silent about it and cannot even raise their voice that time just like what they are doing now? In fact, Duterte's drug campaign yields positive results such as; (1) There were approximately 124,000 drug personalities who got arrested safely, (2) 1,308,078 drug-related individuals have surrendered, all unharmed and (3) There were 30% drop in Metro Manila crime rate and 24% nationwide.

So I think, it is wrong to condemn the president without looking at the statistics and comparing it to the past administrations. Because for me, it is more understandable, but not right, that the campaign is really bloody as the president is indeed, after the human lives. Why? Because drugs is the root of all crimes. Extracting it away from the society is also extracting numerous related crimes that may victimize innocent people thus, the president is after human lives and not just human rights that some structures in the society are insisting unfortunately to shield the criminals unconsciously."