By Mario Casayuran
Senate President Vicente C. Sotto said Chinese workers who violated Philippines laws by working here illegally must be deported.
Sotto thus adopted a position diametrically opposed to that of President Duterte who feared a Chinese government backlash if he deports them as there are some 200,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) working in the Chinese mainland.
‘’Dura Lex Sed Lex,’’ Sotto said quoting a Latin phrase which means ‘’It is harsh but it is the law.’’
On the EDSA People Power Revolution rites yesterday, opposition Senator Francis N. Pangilinan took exception to the President’s claim that he has fulfilled almost all campaign promises except easing the horrendous traffic situation on EDSA.
But the main political campaign promises of then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte is his failure to keep his vow to wipe out the illegal drug trade and criminality in three to six months upon assumption to office.
Mas lalong takot at may pangamba ang mga ordinaryong mamamayan ngayon na hindi sila ligtas sa kriminalidad habang tonetonelada naman ng shabu ang napapalusot at walang pinaparusahan matataas na opisyal o bigtime na druglords,’’ Pangilinan said. (Ordinary people are now more afraid that they are not safe from criminality while tons of ‘’shabu’’ (crystal meth) freely enter the country but no ranking government official or big time drug lords have been put to jail.)
To this, Sotto, a member of the Senate majority bloc, said ‘’I can agree but only if he accepts my old proposal that he declares all city streets in Metro Manila as No Parking.’’