Samira Gutoc: Drug war could have been Duterte's greatest achievement if...

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FILE PHOTO: Samira Gutoc, seen giving her views on what's happening to the country during the 2019 campaign. (Photo: Josefiel Rivera/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Samira Gutoc, seen giving her views on what's happening to the country during the 2019 campaign. (Photo: Josefiel Rivera/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Senatorial bet Samira Gutoc said that the drug war could have been the Duterte administration’s greatest achievement if not for the thousands of alleged killings.

"Achievement – drugs could be but the deaths, EJKs are so astoundingly appalling… Yes peace and order in away but the deaths from it are so warranting (of) questioning and investigation," she said in an interview with ANC's Headstart on Tuesday (October 5).

Asked to clarify, she said “Achievement or maybe just – the only one that is remarkable...‘rememberable.’”

Eventually, the Moro civic leader changed her answer and said that the administration's greatest achievement was the Bangsamoro region.

"As a resident of Marawi, malaking bagay po na (it's a huge thing that) he (President Rodrigo Duterte) sealed it with a signature from a 20-year dialogue – Aquino and all these administrations who had these peace talks," she said.

Some netizens were quick to point out Gutoc’s flipflop on the drug war.

Later in the day, Gutoc posted a clarification on her statement during the interview, saying that she doesn’t support the drug war.

The former opposition senatorial bet, filed her candidacy for senator for the 2022 elections on Sunday, this time under the party led by presidential candidate Isko Moreno.

Gutoc said that she sought permission for her transfer to Aksyon Demokratiko through a letter to party chair Vice President Leni Robredo.

"I reached out to all major leaders po ng (of) Liberal. I asked permission from them. I'm not someone who has no sense of gratitude," she said.

"Many leaders under the so-called 'yellow' party have passed away, I've reached out to them whenever in need and they know I did not betray what I stood for,” she added.

"Aksyon's focus on jobs, hunger, peace, empowerment of the masses and of the youth resonated quite powerfully with me, as these are the same objectives I have set for my work," she said in a separate interview with DZMM Teleradyo.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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