The Valencia City Police Station is on alert following a shooting incident Tuesday, and the reported presence of vigilante groups in the town.
Valencia police officer-in-charge, Chief Insp. Alfonso Enriquez, said there are reports that vigilante groups are operating in the municipality to run after drug pushers, after Bryan Piñero, who is listed as among the top 5 drug personalities in the town, was injured in a shooting incident Tuesday.
Enriquez said he is saddened that during the shooting, students Reannedela Torre and Faith Que were hit by stray bullets while waiting for a ride to school. Piñero, dela Torre and Que are recuperating in two hospitals in the city.
He said they are intensifying the conduct of checkpoints in Valencia against loose firearms, following an information that riding in tandem individuals, believed to be armed, are seen roaming the municipality at night.
Enriquez has ordered his men to thwart any attempt by any group to undermine the peace and tranquility of the municipality, even as the police is still facing a blank wall on the recent killing of a kagawad, who was a staunch supporter of the anti-drug campaign.
He said the police is leaving no stone unturned in the death of kagawad Rene Delfino, whom he considered an asset in the anti-drug campaign of the government.
He said he does not discount the possibility that Delfino's actions as a member of the police auxiliary unit of Valencia might have triggered the shooting incident.
He added that one time, a policeman who was with him in responding to an alarm, had to pay P40,000 to the victim, who claimed the police and Delfino allegedly took turns in beating him.*JG
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