“During the first 100 days in office of President Duterte, I can say we are winning the campaign against illegal drugs,” he said in a television interview. The PNP chief said the supply of shabu in the market has been reduced by 70 to 80 percent and the price of shabu sold by street level pushers continued to rise.
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Makati Business Club condemns Davao City bombing
Mike Frialde (philstar.com) - September 3, 2016 - 6:00pm
MANILA, Philippines -- The Makati Business Club on Saturday strongly condemned last Friday’s bombing at the Roxas Night Market in Davao City, which left at least 14 people dead and scores injured.
 
“This act of cowardice, which targeted the lives of innocent civilians and sought to foster fear in people, has no place in any society,” said the MBC in a statement.
 
“We also express our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of this senseless act. We are one with them in their time of grief and we pray for the speedy recovery of all those still healing from their injuries,” the MBC added.
 
The MBC, in the same statement, called on Filipinos to remain calm and vigilant. The business group also called on the government to restore peace in order in a “swift but humane manner.” 
 
“It is during these dark times that the compassion and courage of the Filipino shine through. Hate, violence, and fear must not be allowed to reign in the country.  We urge our countrymen to remain calm, but vigilant; and we call on the government to bring the perpetrators to justice and restore peace and order in a swift, but humane manner,” it said.
 
“The Filipino has demonstrated time and time again that unity and bravery in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds are the most effective responses to adversity.  Let our firm but sober response to these threats show that we are not afraid and we will fight for a peaceful, free, and safe country,” the MBC added. 
 
The terrorist group Abu Sayyaf has claimed responsibility for the bombing. In response, President Duterte has declared a "state of lawlessness" in Mindanao. 

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