CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviews Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Leila De Lima

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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With the international community watching the situation here in the country, CNN International anchor Christiane Amanpour invited Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Leila De Lima to talk about the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign and the alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects.

Cayetano, who has been one of President Duterte's staunch supporters, defended the administration's campaign, saying: "There is big problem in the Philippines which is the drug situation. Families don’t feel safe. We have 10 million Filipinos abroad trying to feed their families and make enough money to send their children to school. But we have 3 to 7 million Filipinos who are hooked on drugs, 3 million who are addicted to it and something has to be done and our president has started to do something about it, it is bearing fruit."

When asked to respond to criticism over the alleged extrajudicial killings, Cayetano extended an invitation to the international community and urged them to not just rely on what's being reported out there as there are people trying to discredit the President. "This is not going to be the norm, President Duterte is a reset button," he said. "It is a clean-up process. And once everything stabilizes, we will have a more European or U.S. type of law enforcement."

For her part, Senator De Lima argued that we now have no more than two thousand dead bodies in the name of the war on drugs. "Many of these are summary killings or extrajudicial killings," she said. "We all heard about the official line that out of the 756 persons killed in the course of police operations allegedly resisted. I do not for a second believe that."

When pressed by Amanpour as to how to solve the drug problem in the country, De Lima suggested that we should first have a criminal justice reform and that we have to intensify drive against illegal drugs with least number of killings. "There is a lot to fix in our criminal justice system so let's fix it," she said. "Let's fix the law enforcement. Let's make it more efficient. Let's train more law enforcers in the proper manner. Let's hire and train more prosecutors. There should be no shortcuts in trying to achieve law and order in our society."

Catch the replay of Amanpour later at 5PM and 10:30PM on CNN Philippines.

Watch portions of the interviews below:

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