Manila, Philippines — While President Rodrigo Duterte asked for a 6-month “extension” to end illegal drugs in the country, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said that the Philippines is becoming like Singapore in terms of safety.

Cayetano said in a privilege speech that the country is now safer thanks to the administration’s war against criminality and illegal drugs.

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President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano

“It’s not perfect. In fact the president very candidly said he needs another six months pero let us be honest to ourselves, it is happening. The Philippines is becoming more like Singapore in terms of being able to walk the streets at anytime at night,” Cayetano said.

The senator also stated that the new administration has already achieved a lot in just two months under Duterte’s campaign on drugs.

“Dalawang buwan pa lang mahigit, may pakiramdam na ng kaligtasan. I’m not saying that people now feel safe, I’m saying they feel safer,” he said.

Meanwhile, on September 18, Duterte said that he needs another 6 months to end the war on illegal drugs.

“Just give me a little extension of maybe another 6 months,” said the president at the presentation of freed Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad in Davao City, where he detailed the extent of the drug problem in the country.

“I didn’t have any idea that there were hundreds of thousands of people already in the drug business. And what makes it worse is that they are operated now by people in government, especially those in elected positions. So it would be government versus government,” he added.

Duterte was referring to the 700,000 drug users and pushers who have surrendered to authorities to date.