AT LEAST two suspected drug personalities were killed in separate anti-illegal drug operations in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City, barely a day after National Capital Regional Police Office chief Director General Oscar Albayalde visited the regional headquarters in Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City on Friday, August 24.
A certain Brandon Yap of Barangay 35, this city was killed after he allegedly fought back in a buy-bust operation.
Police said the suspect fired his caliber 38 revolver after sensing that he was dealing with the police, forcing the operatives to retaliate.
The suspect sustained gunshot wound on his head.
Investigators said the suspect has been involved in theft cases in different malls in the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Pagadian several years ago.
In Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, a 34-year old drug suspect identified as Jhonder Pajo of barangay Lumbo was killed in a shootout during a drug bust.
Investigation showed that the suspect shot the police who acted as poseur buyer, forcing the operatives to retaliate.
The policeman was not hit while the suspect sustained five gunshot wounds on his body. He was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead shortly.
The PNP chief, who was in the city last Friday, August 24, to award outstanding cops and police units, said the police will continue to carry out the government's war on drugs even as President Rodrigo Duterte said that it will be "relentless and chilling".
"Yung sinasabi na relentless and chilling it will be so. Kailan man di bumibitaw ang police sa war on drugs (It will be relentless and chilling. The police do not stop the war on drugs)," Albayalde said.
Albayalde said police units were never given quota in the campaign against illegal drugs.
He also clarified that there is no monetary reward for those police officers who could arrest or kill a drug suspect.
"The pressure siguro ng mga police is itong problema sa droga. Recognition in a form of a medal pag may accomplishment at walang monetary reward (The pressure is the problem in drugs. Recognition in a form of a medal if there’s an accomplishment and no monetary reward)," Albayalde said.
The country's top cop said the war on drugs has been gaining ground as it geared towards the desired results as evident in the reduction of crime volume across the country.
"We are on the right track at maganda ang ating momentum. One indication is improvement natin sa peace and order dahil base on statistics bumaba ang crimes volume because of our war on drugs dahil marami sa mga krimen ay drug-related,"he added.
(We are on the right track and the momentum is good. One indication is the improvement in the peace and order because base on statistics, the crime volume decreases due to war on drugs.)