CHR-PNP probe summary killings

Although no longer as rampant as before, the vigilante-style street killings in cities and towns of Negros Oriental will be subject to a deeper probe by the police and human rights groups if only to isolate the innocent from the guilty.

This developed as the increasing number of self-confessed drug users and pushers is now close to hitting 10,000 in Negros Oriental with pushers comprising a small number.

Surprisingly, Dumaguete is only raking over 700 surrenderees in contrast to an estimated 6000 minimum users and pushers in this capital city, according to independently involved stakeholders.

Alarmed that the recent vigilante style killings in Vallehermoso might generate copycat executions across the province, the PNP ordered an in-depth investigation even as the Commission on Human Rights eyes a possible joint probe.

Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office Acting Director Sr. Supt. Nestor Tiempo directed the Officer-in-Charge of the Vallehermoso PNP to establish if the murders were perpetrated by members of a vigilante group.

In a press release, NOPPO Information Officer SP01 Edilberto B. Euraoba III, reported the recovery of the remains of Jeric Y. Guinanao, 32, years old; Jojit V. Villa, 42 years old and Jonil Pagsuguiron, 34 years old with multiple gunshot wounds in Barangay Maglahos, Vallehermoso.

A bond paper with a sign “user/pusher kami wag tularan” was also recovered in the crime scene along with a motorcycle, deformed slug and spent shell from a .45 caliber pistol. All the victims were residents of Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental.

CHR Field Investigator Dr. Jesus Cañete expressed his preference for a joint investigation for as long as he shall have full access to documents guaranteeing that it will be “faster, credible and prevent a possible whitewash.”

He admitted that the PNP has been gracious enough to provide him with the necessary documents in aid of the investigations.

For many years now, there have been several unresolved shooting incidents that were linked to the illegal drugs trade with competing syndicates killing rival pushers and peddlers.

There was a growing suspicion that some law enforcers or at least their surrogates were behind some of the killings, but this was vehemently denied by the PNP leadership and no concrete evidence has yet to make such allegation gain credibility.

Tiempo has reminded all personnel to adhere and uphold the Police Operational Procedure and strictly observe the standard of Human Rights as mandated in the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030. (By Dems Demecillo)

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