By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has challenged local government and barangay officials to resign with him after getting frustrated with the crime incidence in the country.
The President admitted that the survey showing 1.5 million Filipino families fell victim to common crimes in the first quarter of 2018 made him feel “useless.”
Duterte read parts of the survey results during the oath-taking of barangay captains in Zamboanga del Sur to highlight the need to step up the campaign against illegal drugs and crimes.
“Pag ganito, wala akoy silbi, I’ll ask you to join me, mag-resign na lang ta [If it’s like this, I’m useless. I’ll ask you to join me, let’s just resign],” he said in his remarks.
“There seems to be a semblance of a republic and a nation but inside, it’s topsy-turvy. It’s crime-ridden,” he said, after reading the survey results.
He noted that the survey also indicated that “people are usually afraid to go out at night or to walk the streets because of street crimes.”
To keep the people safe, the President has urged the local government executives and barangay officials to help the government in the anti-crime drive, saying he could not do it alone.
He bewailed the “nonchalant” attitude of most local government units in addressing crimes in their places.
“Hindi ko kaya itong republika na ito na patakbuhin kung wala kayo [I cannot run the Republic without you],” he said.
“If that’s the case, I’ll just resign since I have no partner in the job],” he added in Bisaya.
In the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted last March, 1.5 million families reported being victims to common crimes such as pickpocket, break-ins, carnapping and physical violence in the last six months.
The latest figure was lower compared to 1.7 million families recorded in December 2017.