Malacañang iginiit na mali ang ‘Person of the Year’ award ni Pang. Duterte!

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), A network of nonprofit investigative centers and several major regional news organizations around the globe, chosen and hailed the Republic of the Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, as the “Person of the Year” for his excellent performance in suppressing illegal drugs in the country.
Wherein he beat ousted Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe and South African President Jacob Zuma for the award.

Every year, the OCCRP has been giving title and recognition to an individual who has done the most in the world to advance organized criminal activity and corruption.

But last Saturday in an interview over state-run Radyo Pilipinas, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar reacted to the OCCRP’s decision for choosing Duterte because what he has done is opposite to its claim.

“Parang kabaliktaran ata dahil ang ating Pangulo ay ginawa naman niya lahat para kalabanin, para labanan ang organized crime para mapuksa ang [inaudible] drugs, ipinagbabawal na gamot, para matigil na ‘yung drug trafficking dito sa ating bansa at para mahinto ang gawin nilang transshipment ng droga ‘yung ating bansa, (It appears that it’s the other way around because our President has done everything to fight organized crime, suppress illegal drugs, eradicate drug trafficking in the country, and stop making the Philippines as the transshipment point of illegal drugs.)” Andanar said.

He also added and pointed out that crimes were fought through his Illegal Drugs campaign, while the issues on corruption were fought by firing government officials with other questionable activities, specially with graft.

According to the editor of the OCCRP, Drew Sullivan who is one of the nine judges who made the selection from nominations submitted by journalists and the public, Duterte empowers corruption in the country “in an innovative way” and also “has made a mockery of rule of law” in the country.

“While he is not your typical corrupt leader, he has empowered corruption in an innovative way. His death squads have allegedly focused on criminals but, in fact, are less discriminating,” Sullivan said.

“He has empowered a bully-run system of survival of the fiercest. In the end, the Philippines are more corrupt, more cruel, and less democratic,” he added.

Aside from Duterte, in previous years, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, and the Romanian Parliament had been awarded with the same recognition too.


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