Exec defends cops on drug war slays
MABALACAT CITY — Vice-Mayor Christian Halili defended the police force saying that the recent killings of some drugs personalities in this city are “not deliberate.”
Halili said that it is against the will of police officers to engage in a shootout with the suspects.
Policemen are forced to shoot suspects who try to fight it out with the lawmen, the vice-mayor added.
“Minsan may mga bagay na nangyayari na labag sa kalooban ng ating mga kapulisan. Sabi ko nga po sa mga kababayan natin, sino ba ang gustong makipagbarilan dahil nakataya ang buhay nila. Nauubliga sila dahil may lumamalaban [na mga suspects],” Halili said.
The official at the same time urged his constituents to surrender their relatives that are still into the illegal drugs trade.
“Kaya kung may kapamilya po kayo na involved sa droga, ngayon pa lamang po ay isuko niyo na. Kausapin niyo na po sila. Sayang ang buhay nila, pwede pa naman silang magbago habang may panahon pa,” he said.
The city’s Rural Health Unit 2, headed by Dr Maria Clara Aquino, on Tuesday conducted at the Bahay Pagbabago in Mawaque resettlement screening and assessment of suspected drug pushers and users who recently surrendered to the city police.
On Monday, Police Senior Inspector Melvin Florida presented to Halili six suspected drug pushers who are already in the list of surrenderees.
The suspects were identified as Raynell Pineda, 29; Jayson Balajadia, 24; Jessie Balajadia, 20; Mark Solomon (Number 2 on drugs watchlist), 24; Rex Berna, 32; and Oliva Waje (Number 9 on watch list), 43.
The suspects are now facing drug pushing and possession, according to Florida.
“Ang akala nila dahil sumurender na sila at nag enroll sa programa natin sa Bahay Pagbabago ay ligtas na silang kahit pa bumalik sa pagdo-droga. Tuluy tuloy po ang pagmo-monitor ng ating kapulisan para sugpuin ang illegal na droga,” Florida told Halili.