Duterte for a confessional approach to the war on drugs: Roque

UniTeam senatorial candidate, former presidential spokesman Harry Roque (PNA file photo by Joey Razon)

MANILA – UniTeam senatorial candidate Harry Roque thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for his support for a faith-based alternative to rehabilitating young Filipino drug addicts over the government’s war on illegal drugs.

“I thought to myself, this man is not the murderer that his critics describe in the international community. The president is receptive to a church-based, Christ-centered therapeutic approach to young drug addicts of the urban poor” , did he declare. mentioned. “Contrary to the baseless accusations made against him, the president fully understands the drug problem in the country and is open to other ways to solve it.”

The former presidential spokesman said Duterte understands that young drug addicts are victims of drug dealers and unions and deserve to be fully rehabilitated and reintegrated into society.

At a recent UniTeam campaign rally in Caloocan City, Duterte revealed a previous unrestricted conversation with Roque about “Oplan Tokhang”.

Roque publicly attacked and legally challenged the War on Drugs campaign as a party slate representative in the 17th Congress.

Roque is the founding president of the Onesimo Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports young drug addicts and out-of-school youth from the poorest barangays of Manila and Quezon City.

Since 1996, he said he was aware of the unspeakable crimes committed by drug-addicted individuals against their own families and within their communities.

From 2016 to 2022, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency reported that 4,230 children, between the ages of 4 and 17, were rescued during anti-drug operations.

“I thank the President for revealing the truth at a UniTeam rally. During our one-on-one talk, I listed my criticisms of the government’s war on drugs, particularly the death toll during police operations,” Roque said.

He also questioned the alleged use of excessive force by authorities in the poor urban communities his foundation serves.

Instead of getting angry, Roque said Duterte agreed with his recommendation that the government should support and allocate resources for faith-based rehabilitation of young drug addicts.

“I was pleased that the president accepted our foundation’s radical approach of incorporating Bible studies and church-based activities. We believe that Christ and his teachings will bring transformative change to these young people,” he said. he declared.

As a former lawmaker, Roque sponsored bills aimed at securing Philippine borders to prohibit the entry of illegal drugs and reduce the demand for and inappropriate use of illegal drugs.

If elected to the Senate, Roque pledged to sponsor legislation that would support the Duterte administration’s crime and drug control agendas.

The senatorial aspirant would introduce a bill abolishing the corrupt Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and replacing it with the National Health Service. (NHS), which will take over as the enforcer of the Universal Healthcare Act drafted by Roque.

It would introduce job creation measures to help workers affected by the pandemic and an additional budget to continue the rehabilitation of victims of Typhoon Odette.

Roque’s legislative platform also includes the ‘three-day hearings’ rule, the Victims Compensation Fund for murder victims, ‘zero hunger’ within six years and access to water drinking water for all Filipinos by 2028. (PR)

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