MAYOR Mauricio Domogan has ordered the local police to investigate sporadic extra-judicial killings in the Summer Capital saying it is ruining the image of the City.
Domogan said a team will be formed by the Baguio City Police Office to investigate non-police related deaths reaching to 11.
Domogan said police operation yielded only four deaths making the other fatalities non-police related which merits investigation.
The mayor did not hide his alarm at the spate of killings, which happened in broad daylight and in the perimeter of school zones.
"This will reflect on the image of the city and the image of the police," the mayor said. "We should conduct investigations on who is responsible."
Killings rocked the City when gunmen in motorcycles and on foot murdered alleged drug pushers in Lourdes Subdivision, Quezon Hill and Salud Mitra Barangay in the past two weeks.
All three areas are within the vicinity of Phases Learning Center, University of the Cordilleras Elementary School as well as University of Baguio Elementary Department.
Domogan said the task force assigned to look into the cases will take all factors into consideration the conduct of their investigation.
The mayor said because of the spate of killings, there are many theories floating bringing speculation and unrest to the residents.
Domogan said there are talks drug dealers are killing each other in the fear of one going to police and surrendering information while police will also be investigated who are involved in the drug trade, recycling illegal drugs seized during official operations.
The investigation, according to Domogan must be done to put clarity in the situation as well as to appease residents. Weeks ago, the Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO-Cor) intensified its police operations including police visibility to ensure safety and security of the public following the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte placing the whole country under the "State of National Emergency on Account of Lawless Violence."