Koko Pimentel lauds Duterte despite absences, killings: Tuloy mo lang yan

President Rodrigo Duterte received an excellent grade from Senate President Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel II despite chronic absences and reports of extrajudicial killings during his first year in office.

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Pimentel gave Duterte a grade of 8.5 to 9, on scale of one to 10.

He emphasized that Duterte's slogan 'Change' is now on the move and people could feel it.

"Yung slogan ni Pres. Duterte na 'Change', ang dami nating nararamdaman na pagbabago. Sa foreign relations na lang, kitang-kita na ngayon na the world believes that we have an independent foreign policy. Hindi po tayo dinidiktahan ng kahit anpng bansa. We determine our own course in international affairs," said Koko.

The senate president also added the 72 year old leader is working hard and always made an effort to visit all corners of the country despite his aversion to travel.

"Yung mga pagpapahinga, natural lang sa akin iyon. Tanggap ko rin po iyon. So sa Presidente po natin, keep on doing what you have been doings. Yung mga surveys nagsasabi na the people appreciate  what you have been doing. Mayroong mga negative statement pero demokrasya ito eh," he added.

On the other hand, Pimentel admitted that he's personally alarmed about the number of killings but he has also claimed that crim rates have dropped since he took over the presidency.

He urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to improve on the operations most importantly on murder and homicide cases.

"Sana mabasa ko na that the PNP is able to solve a lot of these crimes and to read the identification of the perpetrators and the filing of cases against these people," he said.

Source: PoliticsPhilstar