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If Duterte is removed, everything he has done will be for nothing, Philippines would lose - Saludo

 If Duterte is removed, everything he has done will be for nothing, Philippines would lose - Saludo

Ricardo Saludo, a former Civil Service Commission chair, said  in his column for the Manila Times that in case President Rodrigo Duterte will be removed from his office, all that he has done for in the past six months would be for nothing.

Saludo has also said that if Vice President Leni Robredo will replaced Duterte as president then all the progress that he has made against illegal drugs and criminality will stopped.

Duterte has been fighting against crime and rugs, recast relations with America, China and Russia and identified hundreds of corrupt officials and policemen.

Saludo stated that if President Duterte leaves then it would start an encouragement for drug kingpins and millions of clients, along with thousands of corrupt officials to pursue.

Crime rates significantly decreased since Duterte sat as President, total crime was down by 12.4 percent in July-November, compared with the same months in 2015.

Index crimes dropped by almost one-third, and nearly all types of crimes against persons and property by double-digits, except killings.

"That performance contrasts with the tripling of incidents under then-President Benigno Aquino 3rd, from 324,083 in 2010 to more than 1 million a year in 2013 and 2014, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority." he said.

"Now, imagine if an Aquino-backed leader takes over the presidency, restoring many of his policies and appointees. Would it curb crime?" he added.

If Aquino’s Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, which allows US forces to escalate deployment and use bases in the country, will be fully implemented if Robredo takes over then it would make PH a threat to China.

"No $50 billion in Chinese projects, and no Filipino fishermen back at Scarborough Shoal. Instead, the People’s Liberation Army would probably start building military-capable facilities at the disputed lagoon 200 km from Subic." he said.

Saludo also said that politicians protected by Aquino would be back in business including drug protectors.

"Now, if adversaries of Duterte’s reforms succeed in taking him out, would the next leaders have the daring, drive and determination to continue his law enforcement, foreign relations, and anti-graft initiatives? Or would they conclude that opponents of change are too tough to beat?" he said.

According to Saludo, Filipinos would lose if Duterte does.

"Bottomline: If President Duterte loses to the crime syndicates, corrupt officialdom, and Western powers that want him out, backed by defenders of verbal decorum and funeral propriety — so does the Philippines." he said.


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