DANAO City Mayor Ramon “Nito” Durano III yesterday said he fully supported the operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) against illegal drug traders.
Durano congratulated the Danao City police under Supt. Alejandro Batobalonos for neutralizing the illegal drug trade in the city.
The city police killed Medz Derecho Alvaro and one identified as Ronnie when they engaged in a shootout with police in a buy-bust at 10:30 p.m. last Aug. 11.
Medz reportedly took over the illegal drug trade after his brother Alvaro “Barok” Alvaro surrendered.
Durano said he gave P50,000 cash reward to the Danao City police through Batobalonos the other day.
This is the second time Durano gave a cash reward to law enforcers who ran after drug lords and drug pushers.
The first was when Durano gave P200,000 to to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Bohol headed by Atty. Renan Oliva after Barok surrendered to them.
Barok surrendered last June 21 after alleged drug lord Jerry “Jaguar” Diaz of Duljo-Fatima, Cebu City was killed in a shootout with the police in Las Pinas City, Metro Manila.
Barok is now jailed at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) for a case filed against him after a raid in his rest house in Catmon in April 2015.
In that raid led by Senior Supt. Paul Labra, high-powered firearms and five kilos of shabu were seized.
Durano said Barok and his group were tagged as the killer of a policeman, SPO4 Jose Relampagos, in 2013 in Looc, Danao City, the barangay of the Alvaros.
The mayor said Barok was operating as a drug lord for 10 years already and some of the unsolved killings in Danao City and neighboring areas were attributed to him.
Durano said the strafing of the Danao City police station after the death of Medz only shows that the Alvaros and their cohorts are not afraid to strike back at an opportune time.
“But I’m sure that with the relentless campaign the drug menace, the PNP will not take this incident lightly,” Durano said.