Duterte vows to eradicate illegal drugs

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Various political candidates attended a forum Wednesday (January 20) at the De La Salle University in Manila.

"The Leader I Want" forum, organized by Rappler, aims to help students assess and choose the candidates they will vote for in the coming elections.

All of the presidential candidates were invited to the forum but only Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, were able to attend.

Three senatorial candidates, Neri Colmenares, Lorna Kapunan, and Martin Romualdez, also attended the forum.

In his speech, Duterte said the Philippines is in disarray and does not have proper security. He added this is the very reason why he is now running for presidency.

According to the PDP-Laban presidential candidate, if he cannot reform the government then there will be no development in the country.

Duterte's advocacy includes the fight against illegal drugs. If elected, he promised to eradicate drugs within his first three to six months in office.

Duterte is known as a stern leader in Davao as he supposedly doesn't leave crimes unpunished. He said there is no such thing as a bloodless cleansing in the fight against criminals.

"If I become president there's no such thing as bloodless cleansing. I propose to get rid of drugs within 3-6 months. And maybe I can do it. Why do I say that? Well my exhibit A is Davao City," explained Duterte.

Duterte added, he takes the issue on ISIS seriously but he did not detail how he will address this if he wins.