CHIEF Superintendent Conrado Capa, regional director of Police Regional Office-Negros Island Region (PRO-NIR), said on Monday he will not allow the summary killings of drug suspects in the region to continue.
“I will not allow this to happen,” he said.
Capa said the cases of murdered drug suspects will still be investigated because these killings are considered heinous crimes.
This will become a problem if not stopped, he added.
Over the weekend, four more drug suspects were killed in separate incidents in the region.
Jerick Guinanao, Hongo Pagsugiron, and Jojit Villa, all residents of Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, who were under the drugs priority watchlist of the town police, were found dead Saturday at Barangay Paglaum, Vallehermoso in Negros Oriental.
The next day Niel Guzman, 35, of Barangay Mansilingan, was found dead at Barangay Blumentritt, Murcia town.
Senior Superintendent William Señoron, acting provincial director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo), said he does not believe the existence of a vigilante group in the province as he considered the killings done by some groups following the trend on the police’s massive campaign against illegal drugs.
We should not be threatened by these acts, he added.
Meanwhile, Capa said police chiefs who fail to deliver in the anti-drug campaign will have to go.
The higher headquarters had recently issued a statement that police chiefs and even provincial directors may get relieved if they fail to deliver on their targets in the first month.
NIR is one of those included in the list with the lowest number of Oplan Tokhang surrenderees.
Capa said he still needs to check if police chiefs are indeed doing their jobs, but he said they are doing a very decent performance with the arrest of four big-time top drug personalities in the region.
As of July 23, the PRO-NIR has recorded 17,000 drug surrenderees through the Oplan Tokhang.
Señoron said he does not worry about the accomplishments of police chiefs under his supervision because they are doing their jobs well.
“As far as Nocppo is concerned, we are trying our best to cope with the requirements,” he added.