Village chiefs next target of vigilantes?

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SEVERAL barangay (village) chairmen in Pasay City (Metro Manila) have been receiving death threats that warn them that they are next to be killed, a source said on Tuesday. “Leave Pasay, you will be next,” read one of the text messages sent to them. On Monday, the village heads sought the help of Pasay Mayor Antonino Calixto and met with the city councilors for a dialogue to ask why their names are on a supposed police list of drug suspects in the city. They will be meeting with new city police chief, Senior Supt. Nolasco Bathan, to also ask why their names are on the list. Pasay is one of the top cities in Metro Manila where summary executions of suspected drug peddlers and criminals are startling residents. Such executions have dubbed as “Patay City,” a play on Pasay City, which means City of the Dead. In July, 23 drug and crime suspects were either shot dead or killed somewhere and dumped on the streets, apparently victims of summary execution. Over 1,500 self-confessed users and pushers have surrendered, according to the Southern Police District.

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