Malacanang : Pope Francis' call boosts PH campaign vs. illegal drugs

Malacanang : Pope Francis' call boosts PH campaign vs. illegal drugs

It was an ally the Duterte administration was not hoping to have, but somehow the circumstance gave validity to what president Rodrigo Roa Duterte has been doing since he first stepped in Malacanang.

Over the weekend, Pope Francis made a statement urging governments of the world to combat drug addiction and courageously undertake the fight against “traffickers of death.”

Pope Francis (photo credit to owner)

Such statement seems to contradict the pronouncements being done in the country by our own Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
“We consider Vatican's remarks as a boost in our campaign, as we battle the twin evils of crimes and drugs,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Atty. Panelo ttok note of the Pope’s remarks during the Vatican conference held from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, with a specific theme  "Drugs and Addictions: An Obstacle to Integral Human Development," are "not only relevant but also timely, when it comes to our country's present situation.”
The Vicar of Christ reminded everyone to fight the production and distribution of illegal drugs and urged governments “to face with this courage this fight against the traffickers of death.”
“This is precisely the rationale behind the President's war on illegal drugs in the Philippines: to save the young and future generations of Filipinos from the drug scourge,” the Presidential Spokesperson said.
Laudable developments have been achieved by the current administration in this regard, notwithstanding the noise coming from the loud minority composed of his detractors and critics here and abroad,” Panelo added.
The campaign promises  of President Duterte entails launching a relentless war against the proliferation of illegal drugs right after the inauguration as the country’s 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines.
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  1. The critics of the Philippines president Rodrigo Roa Duterte will mirror this comment from the highest priest of the same religion in the Vatican.