A HIGH-RANKING police official in Central Visayas was alarmed when a group of civilians offered to kill drug pushers operating in their village.
Chief Supt. Noli Taliño, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 director, said they are not promoting vigilantism, adding it is not within the bounds of the law.
“We will not tolerate it,” he said. “I-report na lang sino ang (you report to us who is the) drug pusher.”
Taliño received the text message last week from a private citizen, who is enthusiastic in eradicating illegal drugs in their community.
The police official said the text message of the person states: “Kung papayag kayo, kami na lang bibira.”
Taliño told him to divulge the name of the drug personality and let the police do their work.
He believes there are persons who will ride on the police’s campaign and kill their enemies, but he warns them not to do it because the law will catch up on them.
“Ang sabi ko i-report sa amin sabihin kung sino yung drug pusher na yun at pulis yung ating pagagalawin para mag-conduct ng operation laban dito sa drug pusher (O said just report who the drug pusher is to us and the police will conduct the operation against them),” said Taliño.
From July 1 up to 5 a.m. of July 25, police killed 22 suspected drug pushers in legitimate operations. Twelve of these drug pushers died during shootouts took place from July 22 until July 24.
Four suspected drug pushers were killed by unidentified gunmen since July 22—two in Lapu-Lapu City, one in Danao City and one in Punta Princesa, Cebu City.
In the same period, 47,416 junkies and 3,775 drug pushers surrendered to the police.
Taliño said 10 police officers have tested positive for illegal drug use since the mandatory drug test started last July 1.
The other reports Taliño received through text messages are the names of the police officers involved in illegal drugs.
A newspaper advertisement by Osmeña showed the top ten most wanted drug pushers in Cebu City, seven of whom were arrested, one surrendered and the other was killed in a shootout with the police during Santos’s stint as police director.
Osmeña stopped giving P50,000 reward to a police officer who can kill a drug pusher, after Santos was relieved from his post in a major revamp implemented by the Camp Crame.
Taliño congratulated the police for the success, but he clarified that these suspects are not the only wanted persons. He said new top ten personalities will replace the old list if the suspects were already arrested or neutralized.
“Naniniwala ako dito...but I received information that ito nangyari ito after the election, meaning nanalo na si president. Yung basehan ng ating revamp nag-start February pa (I believe in this accomplishment...but I received information that these operations happened after the election, meaning the president was already declared winner. Our basis for the revamp started last February),” he said.