Erap: Manila ‘stands strongly’ behind Duterte’s war vs drugs, corruption

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Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has reassured President Rodrigo Duterte that the city government is supporting fully his campaign against illegal drugs and corruption in the government.

Estrada reiterated his unflinching support to Duterte’s programs during the launch of the Department of Interior
and Local Government’s Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (Masa Masid) program at the city hall.

The former president said Duterte has been doing an excellent job in fighting drug traffickers while making public service “a truly honorable and honest profession” by ridding the government of corrupt officials and employees.

“The City of Manila stands strongly behind the President in these twin objectives,” Estrada said in his message.

“Just like our President, I also believe that addressing the twin evils of drugs and corruption is key to achieving real growth and development in the country,” Estrada added.

Citing figures from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Estrada said the numbers are “disturbing” with 92 percent or 1,709 barangays in the National Capital Region labeled as drug affected.

Likewise, he said 92 percent of crimes committed in Metro Manila are drug-related.