The killings should stop-A A +A
Straight from Carolinas
Saturday, October 12, 2013
IT IS disturbing to read a news article the other day about the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) saying that summary killings are drug-related.
It struck a chord and I immediately listened to my favorite radio (don’t ask me anymore what CDO radio I am listening). What are they saying?
Though the PDEA official hastened to add that it isn't conclusive, the way it was said would lead one to believe they have evidence that would support their contention that drug dealers are after one another’s throats.
Whoa, that statement was loaded. What is that about? So there are drug lords ruling over Cagayan de Oro City now? So the police and the so-called vigilantes are exonerated from blame?
You know what I'm talking about. There are extra-judicial killings here and there. Now we have a report stating that drug dealers are killing one another. What are the tell-tale signs that led PDEA to believe that the killings are drug-related?
Was profiling done on the victims? The drug business must be deteriorating if these killings continue. I thought I heard a Batang Mindanao (BM) 29 or Batman objecting to that.
Bear with me -- in all the years anchoring and receiving reports either from Edgar Navarro or Jun Magsino on “salvaging” (also known as summary executions for those outside the Philippines), the listeners would usually link the killings to the cops.
It was only after a while that the killings were attributed to the so-called vigilantes. The public would postulate that there are only a few who have the arms and the capability to carry out these executions and given the martial law history of the country, the men in uniform usually come to mind.
I was thinking that these suspicions are true since the victims have police records. Not isolated crimes but full police records that the records clerk had gone tired writing them all.
Those who would justify these killings would point to the victims and tell those bleeding heart liberals to put themselves into their shoes and feel their pain at losing their loved ones.
Despite this, I actually don’t think the cops are responsible as they are sworn to respect the value and dignity of a human life. Given the PDEA official's statement, could there have been a change in the summary execution landscape then with the gangs killing one another?
That the killings are being done by rival drug dealers who think the police can't take them all down?
BM 29 members would prefer staying in jail for life rather than getting released knowing their days are numbered if they do get out. They would rather commit another crime inside jail than wait for the release order.
I don’t know if that's true or they simply want to live a free, subsidized life behind bars. Is this also true among the Batman members? It's also interesting to note that “salvaging” occurs when there's a rise in crimes against property.
To my other question, is the rise in summary executions an admission that law enforcement agencies have failed on their duties? It's also interesting to note that those executed were the small fry, not the big time drug dealers we hear in the grapevine.
I leave that observation to the authorities. Bigger steps should be taken to arrest this new development. The Cagayan de Oro City Council should investigate this in aid of legislation.
Mayor Oscar Moreno already asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into this. He should get to the bottom of this lest Cagayan de Oro be dubbed as the “killing fields.”
This report only reminds me that every human being has the right to life no matter how wrong the path he or she may have taken. This right is also protected by law. No man shall be deprived of his life arbitrarily.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 12, 2013.