Todo back-up! Erap tells fellow mayors to support Duterte drug war
Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has called on his fellow local chief executives to continue supporting President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign in order to put an end to what he described as a billion-peso criminal industry.
As mayors, Estrada believes that they have a big role to play in fighting the drug crisis, especially in keeping the youth away from its influence.
“It is vital that we extend our utmost support to the Duterte administration’s sustained efforts to put an end to this crisis, once and for all,” Estrada told the 1,400 members of the League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) during the opening of the organization’s 2017 General Assembly at the Manila Hotel Monday (March 13), which the city is hosting.
“As mayors, we have a big role to play in eliminating this crisis. We should give our all to save the youth, our children, from its influence, and at the same time putting to jail all drug traffickers and drug lords and destroying their capability to manufacture and sell drugs,” he added.
The former President said local government officials should stand behind Duterte, whom he said has made it his foremost mission “to rid our nation of the scourge of drugs, and those who have made it a billion-peso criminal industry.”
“This is a war we must all fight to win,” Estrada emphasized.#