THE Philippine National Police leadership has denied ordering its men to dump the bodies of “high-value targets,” especially drug lords, into Manila Bay and off cliffs saying President Duterte mentioned the purported executions to exaggerate his strong resolve to win the war on drugs.
“Wala naman. Itong mga ganitong pahayag ng Pangulo ay pagbibigay-diin niya sa pagiging seryoso ng pinaigting na kampanya laban sa iligal na droga, particularly sa mga high-value targets,” PNP spokesman Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac said.
Last week, police launched a series of major anti-narcotics operations which led to the seizure of nearly P3.3 billion worth of shabu and the arrest of a Chinese national and his two Filipino couriers. The operations were launched by the PNP Drug Enforcement Group headed by Colonel Romeo M. Caramat Jr. in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency under Director General Aaron N. Aquino and the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Brig. Gen. Debold M. Sinas.
PNP Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa has ordered the PNP-DEG to zero in on more HVTs or the so-called big fish in the illegal drug trade who are behind the importation, production and distribution of shabu in the country.
Caramat Jr. said they have been ordered by Gen. Gamboa to get the big fish amid observations that for the past several years, police including the PNP-DEG have been arresting drug couriers only and not the big fish.
“We are going after the drug lords, the importers, smugglers and manufacturers of shabu in the country now, not only the Filipino couriers who in most cases are only being paid P15,000 to P20,000 for each drug delivery,” said the member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Tanglaw Diwa’ Class of 1992
The PNP spokesperson maintained that being a professional organization, all police officers and men are performing their respective jobs with utmost transparency and in full observance of human rights.
The tough-talking former Davao City mayor is known for making exaggerated statements to enliven his talk and make clear that he is serious in eradicating the drug problem in the country.
Recently, he boasted that he has dumped bodies of drug lords in Manila Bay and in a ravine in the Mt. Province to counter claims that no big-time personalities have been brought down in the administration’s war on drugs.
“Itong mga idiotong kolumnista, wala daw nakuha. Hindi niyo lang alam. Baka hindi niyo alam ilan tinapon ko diyan sa Manila Bay,” he said during an event in Malacañang.