Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hulog ng langit: Gapan Mayor Pascual can’t imagine how PH can live without Duterte

A Nueva Ecija official, who lost two siblings in a senseless violent incident several years ago, believes that President Rodrigo Duterte was “heaven sent” to fix the country’s problems.

“Not because President Duterte is my ally but I salute him for all the things he has done,” first-termer Gapan Mayor Emerson Pascual said.

Pascual, who ran under the PDP-Laban in 2016 elections, said he could not imagine how the country could manage if Duterte lost in the 2016 polls.

“There are some who are criticizing him. But, let us just imagine in case he did not become the President. Other past presidents did not do what President Duterte is doing now in the war against drugs,” he said.

“President Duterte was heaven sent to the Filipinos,” Pascual said, saying that such relentless campaign against illegal drugs has made this city a safer place to live and work in.

In adherence to the Chief Executive’s policy against illegal drugs, Pascual said they have established a “Bahay Pagbabago” where hundreds of former drug dependents have been reformed.

These reformists, aside from being treated physically and spiritually, were given skills training through the Provincial Manpower and Training Center (PMTC).

Bahay Pagbabago reformist in this city leave the facility with certificates in various skills that can be used in working overseas, he added.

Pascual joined the anti-crime group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) after his brothers – Erickson and Ebertson – were killed, along with three others, when some 20 heavily armed men stormed their family-owned Gapan Coliseum and Cockpit Arena and opened fire during a derby on March 20, 2006.

In 2013, Pascual himself was fired at by unidentified gunmen here. Four people, including a policeman and a student bystander, were killed in the attack.

(Marilyn Espiritu-Galang/PNA)

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