Albayalde challenges foreign critics to visit Philippines

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde on Monday, May 20, challenged the critics of the Duterte administration to visit and see for themselves that the country is peaceful and orderly.

“This is the very reason bakit siguro ‘yung bansa natin ay parang napo-portray as parang napakagulo. That’s why we challenge these people to come here to our country and see for themselves kung ano ang sitwasyon natin on the peace and order and on war on illegal drugs,” Albayalde said in a press conference in Camp Crame.

Albayalde made the statement when he was sought for a reaction to the Netflix show "Patriot Act" by American comedian Hasan Minhaj, who was critical of President Rodrigo Duterte and his crackdown on illegal drugs.

The show was aired on May 12, the eve of the 2019 midterm national elections.

While he maintain that he respects a person’s opinion, Albayalde said such criticisms is unfair not only to the government but also to those working to ensure the safety and security of the nation and its people.

He said it also leads to misconceptions about the Philippines.

Malacañang earlier slammed the said show.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the show cited “exaggerated” figures on the drug war, particularly the death toll.

The show said at least 27,000 people have been killed amid the government’s war on drugs.

However, the government said 5,375 people were killed in the conduct of 127,379 anti-illegal drugs operations while 182,061 others were arrested. (SunStar Philippines)


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