The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) awarded the ‘Person of the Year’ to President Rodrigo Duterte.

However, if you think that’s reason to celebrate then you’re wrong. The said award is given by the organization based in the United States to the person who led the growth of organized crime activity and corruption worldwide.

Previous winners include Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2014, the Romanian Parliament in 2013, and last year Nicolas Maduro President of Venezuela.

According to Drew Sullivan, editor of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project:

“While he is not your typical corrupt leader, he has empowered corruption in an innovative way. His death squads have allegedly focused on criminals but, in fact, are less discriminating. He has empowered a bully-run system of survival of the fiercest. In the end, the Philippines are more corrupt, more cruel, and less democratic.”

A global panel of nine journalists, activists, and scholars, chose Duterte over runner-ups South Africa President Jacob Zuma and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. In 2016, Duterte was the runner-up to Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro.

Meanwhile, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar did not like the President being associated to something like this. According to him, it is the exact opposite of what the President is trying to do by fighting organized crime and illegal drugs.

Andanar said in a recent interview, “Parang kabaliktaran ata dahil ang ating Pangulo ay ginawa naman niya lahat para kalabanin, para labanan ang organized crime para mapuksa ang [illegal] drugs, ipinagbabawal na gamot, para matigil na ‘yung drug trafficking dito sa ating bansa at para mahinto ng gawin nilang transshipment ng droga ‘yung ating bansa. At the same time ay nilalabanan po ng ating mahal na Pangulo ang corruption. Marami ho siyang mga tinanggal na, na mga kasamahan during the campaign na nasangkot sa corruption at meron na rin siyang mga nataggal din recently na mga opisyals ng gobyerno dahil sa sobrang pag-biyahe sa ibang bansa na walang paalam sa Executive branch.”

He went on, “So if I got your question right and if I got the gist of the award correctly, parang mali ata ‘yung award nila.”


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