PDEA agents killed were ‘cost of war on drugs’

PNP spokesperson Sr. Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. yesterday said the killing of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents in Cebu is among the “costs” of the government’s war on drugs.

“It’s the cost of war on drugs,” he said.

In the Philippine National Police (PNP), there have been 87 policemen killed including agents of PDEA and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), he said.

“There is always a risk on the lives of law enforcer. (But) We will not take it sitting down. We will go after those who killed them,” Durana said.

Durana’s statement came a day after President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his orders to the police that if they ever feel that their life is in danger during an anti-drug operation, they should not hesitate to kill.

“Do not hesitate to kill. Do not hesitate because of a case. If you do your duty in accordance with the law and you know that, when your life is in danger, stick to the law. Never mind the idiots about the human rights, they cannot help you,” he said in his speech during the 117th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame on Wednesday, August 8.

Duterte promised to provide protection, legal assistance and even financial aid to officers who will be questioned for conducting lawful anti-drug operations.

“I will be here. I will, as a President. I will never allow you to go to jail,” Duterte said. “Just do your duty, you don’t have to worry about anything. I will provide for you. You have to do is call the police office. And that unit takes care of police and soldiers who find themselves in a fix and I will provide you the lawyer.”

On July 27, regional PDEA assistant operations officer Earl Rallos was gunned down by a lone gunman in Villalon Street in Cebu City.

On August 8, PDEA 7 agent Von Rian Tecson was shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Barangay Perrelos in Carcar City. (SunStar Philippines)

Source: Local News






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