Antiestablishment approach has made him wildly popular at home, despite questions over drug war policies By JAMES HOOKWAY Updated J...
Monday, October 17, 2016
Archbishop Oscar Cruz to Duterte: unti-unti nasisiyahan ako sa kanyang pamumuno
Believe it or not, a senior Catholic Church official is backing President Rodrigo Duterte’s name-and-shame campaign against personalities involved in the illegal drug trade.
Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz said Duterte’s naming of some 160 personalities including local officials, judges and police shows his sincerity in fighting drugs.
“Mukhang may nilalaman, unti-unti nga mukhang nasisiyahan ako sa kanyang pamumuno pagka’t he means business. Bagama’t siyempre may konting pag-aalinlangan tungkol sa maraming patayan, pero may sinasabi ata yung mama na talagang asikasuhin ang bagay na ito at yung sinasabi niyang di siya natatakot mamatay at maski kaibigan niya ipapakulong niya mukhang nakakahimasmas ng kalooban,” he said on Church-run Radyo Veritas.
Last weekend, Duterte named several personalities who may have had links to illegal drugs.
His action prompted many of those named to flock to Camp Crame to air their side.
Cruz said this may be just the beginning of the change promised by Duterte during the campaign period.
“Ewan ko kung nagkaroon ng epekto na patayan dito patayan dun, dito pinangalanan na niya, baka ito ang konting pagbabago na dumarating na di katulad noong nakaraang mga linggo na patayan. This is some kind of improvement on justice process na pamamaraan para malaman kung may sala o wala ang tao, ito nga ay sa pamamagitan ng justice system natin,” he said.