LEGAZPI CITY, Albay: The Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol anti-drug campaign has claimed 28 lives, with the most number of killings reported in Albay where six persons were killed in just one day. Slain on Wednesday were former policeman Fernando delos Reyes Rigo of Calzada, Guinobatan, Albay; Army Private First Class Joel Cerdan Coderes, 26, of San Agustin Iriga City, Camarines Sur; and live-in partners Valdemar Olaguer and Crisanta de Castro, both of Guinobatan. Coderes is reportedly assigned to the Philippine Army’s 31st Infantry Battalion in Juban, Sorsogon. Chief Insp. Luke Ventura, Guinobatan town chief of police, said Rigo, who held the rank of Police Officer 1, was dismissed from the service nine years ago for extortion. Emerson Llansa Jr., alias Kulit, of Daraga, Albay, and Gilbert Alfajaro, also of Guinobatan were killed when they engaged authorities in a shootout. From July 1 to August 11, the campaign resulted in the death of 28 drug suspects while 36,708 drug pushers and users have surrendered across the region. Among the six Bicol provinces, Albay has the highest number of casualties with 14; Camarines Sur, six; Camarines Norte and Sorsogon, three each; and Naga City, Camarines Sur, two.
RHAYDZ B. BARCIA