Each police station in Manila has to kill at least five drug lords a week starting July 1, the day President-elect Rody Duterte assumes office, a strategy that will solve drug addiction in the city, a police source said.
Manila has 11 police stations and drug addiction is rampant in many of its districts.
“It is a difficult task but we have to deliver,” a high-ranking police officer told The Manila Times.
Asked why it is difficult to comply with the quota, he said many top drug personalities have already left the city and what are left are the small-time poor pushers.
“Police, just to comply with the directive, might just kill any pushers or even users,” the source said.
However, another informant told The Times that there are still big-time drug lords in Manila, particularly the Binondo area where shabu and other illegal drugs are allegedly being manufactured.
A check with the top most wanted persons in Manila showed that only one — Bernabe Dungo, alias Tikboy — is currently being hunted by the police for violation of R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Dungo, who operates in the Santa Cruz district, is facing charges before the regional trial court of Manila branch 53.
The 11 Manila police stations are found in Moriones, Central Market Santa Cruz, Sampaloc, Ermita, Santa Ana, Jose Abad Santos, Santa Mesa, Malate, Pandacan, and Meisic.
The Times tried to confirm from Manila Police District Director, Chief Supt. Rolando Nana if there was indeed a directive on the “kill 5 quota.”
“No new directives yet from Crame, our operation is continuous,” he said in a text message.
Meanwhile, two pushers were killed Wednesday allegedly for failure to remit their collections.
They were identified as Gerry Damano and Francis Roque, both of Tondo. Their cases are still under investigation.
Many believe that the aggressive crackdown on illegal drugs was meant to impress Duterte who vowed to drastically solve drug addiction in the country.