The killing of Edres Domato will substantially reduce the drug trade in five cities in Metro Manila and Bulacan province, according to Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan.
Malapitan told The Manila Times that the “drug operation in Caloocan City, Malabon City, Navotas City, Valenzuela City, Quezon City, and Bulacan will be greatly reduced following Domato’s death.”
Domato, chief of Barangay 188 or Tala, was widely known as a drug lord whose main base was Caloocan City.
Caloocan City police chief Senior Supt. Bartolome Bustamante earlier told The Manila Times that Domato was listed as the number one drug lord in the city based on their thorough investigation.
The problem was that the police could not file charges against him when he was still alive for lack of sufficient evidence.
Domato was gunned down by two men on a motorbike on Saturday morning in Quezon City.
The Sanguniang Panglunsod of Caloocan City headed by Vice-Mayor Macario Asistio tried to conduct a thorough probe last year against Domato to find out the veracity of the intelligence report that he was behind the unabated drug menace in the city.
Police said Barangay 188 was like a “killing field” because Domato’s men reportedly silenced people who are against the their boss’ drug network.
One of those slain was a special agent of the National Bureau of Investigation.
Malapitan said officials are conducting a probe on the identities of the killers and the motive behind the murder.
The mayor did not specify the unit or group of people whom he assigned to do the job because he is also seriously thinking that there are “police officers who are protecting the drug ring of Domato.”
Records from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) revealed that Bulacan and the five cities mentioned by Malapitan are among the places that are heavily penetrated by the drug syndicate.
The PDEA stressed that more than 92 percent of the barangays in Metro Manila have been affected by the drug menace.
Domato’s death appeared to be not an isolated case since several drug personalities have also been killed by unidentified people after President-elect Rodrigo Duterte declared war on drugs.
Police have told the media that the “small time” drug pushers were killed by the police because the suspects have put up a fight during their arrest.
Duterte has vowed to end the drug menace within a six-month period.