Sunday, May 21, 2017

Rep. defends Duterte supporters: 'They are ordinary people who are strong believers of the President'

Solon convinced that Duterte online supporters are not paid trolls
Talks that President Rodrigo Duterte's online supporters are a "troll army" paid to defend him were rejected by the House's appropriations committee chairman.

Davao City 1st Dist. Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles defended that these personalities were real and would only tend to get "very emotional" whenever Duterte is criticized.

He criticized those who opposed Duterte saying they only want to discredit his "popular support".

“His legion of supporters [is] being unfairly tagged as trolls, but in reality, these are ordinary people who are strong believers of the President. They are not paid hacks,” Nograles said.

He added that Duterte's detractors despite their attempts to weaken public support, are "obviously failing in all fronts".

“The records will show major gains where past governments have failed and this is the reason why our people are very emotional when their Tatay Digong is being attacked,” the solon said.

Nograles commended the progess of Duterte's war against drugs, saying it has shrunk  the illegal drug trade market significantly.

"The war against illegal drugs has gained momentum despite the challenge by critics at home and abroad,” he said.

He also commended the ongoing peace negotiations with the left-wing National Democratic Front of the Philippines, which have stalled under previous administrations.

While Nograles called Duterte's declaration of an independent foreign policy as the President's "greatest achievement".

This after the President refused two hundred fifty million euros worth of aid from the European Union.

“At least we can truly say that our government is not subservient to any foreign power,” he said. 

SOURCE: Inquirer


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