Cayetano defends Duterte in Senate: decrease number of killings under Duterte admin

During the Senate inquiry on Monday about the extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano showed data proving that the crime rates have declined compared to the previous administration.

Cayetano presented a data showing the numbers of murders and homicides and the numbers of deaths per day from 2010 up to the present.

The senator proved that the average death during Aquino administration was higher compared to Duterte administration, which is 20 killings per day.

“It is being made to appear in the media and with no help by some so-called human rights advocates that “grabe ang patayan araw-araw” please take note from 2010-2015 during the Aquino administration an average of 35 ang patay araw-araw ngayon po sa ilalim ni Presidente Duterte 20 po. More than a 3rd, their lives are now being saved everyday because of the efforts of the PNP,” Cayetano said.

"Ngayon po, the respect and fear of the law have been restored. Drug lords and their supporters are on the run. People are beginning to feel safe. [There is a] renewed trust in the government under President Duterte," the senator added.

The senate inquiry was headed by Senator Leila De Lima to investigate the spate of drug-related killings in the country. She said they need to know how many of the alleged summary executions of drug suspects are caused by police operations and how many are done by vigilantes.

“There is no denying the fact that this is a very important issue of public interest and national importance, and this is something bigger than Sen. Leila De Lima,” the former Justice secretary told CNN Philippines.

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