Chief Supt. Conrado Capa, regional police director of Negros island, yesterday cautioned the public against the proliferation of unverified social media information , about the involvement of individuals, in the government service or ordinary people, in the illegal drug trade and other illegal activities.
Several lists of alleged police officers, politicians, businessmen, among others, being linked to the illegal drug trade, are being circulated. While he confirmed that they have a list of police officers linked to the illegal drug trade, “I want to be very positive about this”, Capa said.
“But we should not take those reports hook, line and sinker, as anybody can do it. Let it be fair, especially to the innocent ones” he said.
Kasanag Foundation chairman John Chiong, a local affiliate organization of Citizen's Crime Watch, said yesterday that they have submitted a list of police officers, politicians, businessmen and private individuals being linked to the illegal drug trade in Negros Occidental, for validation by the Police Regional Office 18.
Of the 30 names included in the list, Chiong claimed that 16 are police officers, six are politicians, businessmen and private individuals.
CCW founding chairman Jose Malvar Villegas said yesterday that the success of the killing spree, that was resulted in the slaying of hundreds of suspects in drug-related crimes, only shows that you don't need the death penalty, as long as you were able to kill in accordance with the law.
But Villegas said he was also alarmed by the incidents of summary executions. “We are inspired in the fight against drugs, but we do not tell anyone to kill in the process”, he added.
CCW and the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption are holding a national summit against crime and corruption on August 18 and 19 in Manila, during which the two-day outputs will be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte, Villegas said.*GPB
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