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Davao City Mayor Baste ‘war on drugs’ claims 7 lives

7 dead after Mayor Baste declares war on drugs in Davao City

DAVAO, PHILIPPINES  — After Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte declared a “war” on illegal drugs on Friday, seven drug suspects were killed in Davao City drug busts over the weekend.

During the turnover of command ceremony of the new Davao City police director on Friday, Duterte said in a speech that drug pushers would be killed if they did not leave the city.

Usbon nako diri, kung dili mo mohawa, dili mo moundang, patyon tamo. Dili ka-afford nga madaot ang family, mga community tungod lang ana for your selfish venture. Gusto lang ka modato kay mamaligya ka og droga, unya imong dauton ang laing tao because of your greediness, patyon taka,” he said in a media interview after the event.

Hours after the mayor’s pronouncement, police authorities conducted drug bust operations that resulted in deaths.

In Buhangin district, Sherwin Familiar “Win” Martin —  the alleged Number One drug personality in the city — was reportedly killed in an armed confrontation in a drug bust at Ponte Verde Subdivision early Saturday morning.

Authorities seized and recovered 110 grams of suspected shabu worth P748,000 and 50 grams of alleged marijuana worth P6,000. Police also confiscated a .45 caliber pistol at the crime scene.

Another alleged drug pusher named “Larry” was killed in a drug bust along Shrine Hills Road in Barangay Matina Crossing on Saturday evening. Police also said they have confiscated sachets of suspected shabu worth P43,860 and a .38 revolver.

Also, on Saturday evening, Jehurry “Ngay” Dresser was shot by police for allegedly resisting arrest in a drug bust in Barangay 75-A in Matina Aplaya.

In Barangay Mintal, “Timoy,” tagged as a Top 5 city-level drug personality, was also shot dead early Sunday morning.

“Instead of submitting himself, the suspect suddenly drew his .38 revolver…and, without hesitation, deliberately shot at the police officer. Fortunately, the latter was able to evade Alias TIMOY’s hand, resulting in a missed shot,” the police stated.

Police said the suspect aimed his gun at the police officer again, prompting the latter to shoot him twice.

The last alleged drug personality killed over the weekend was Emmanuel Jala Avila in Barangay Leon Garcia in Agdao on Sunday afternoon. The drug bust operation resulted in an armed confrontation with Avila after he allegedly resisted arrest.

Police Capt. Hazel Tuazon, Davao City police spokesperson, said other suspects surrendered and were not killed.


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