Davao Sur guv: Guns-for-hire proliferate in Digos

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Friday, May 30, 2014

DAVAO del Sur Governor Claude Bautista bared on Friday that notorious gun-for-hire men proliferate in Digos City, amid the series of killings in the city.

"Kini ang naging rason nganong among pakusgan ang peace and order program sa Davao del Sur (Thus, we are strengthening our peace and order program in Davao del Sur)," Bautista told reporters in a chance interview at Apo View Hotel.

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Bautista also said he is giving the Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office an ultimatum to solve the assassination of the three victims -- Sammy Oliverio, 57, of DxDS Radyo Ukay Digos; Mars Marañan Labajo, executive assistant of former governor Douglas Cagas; and Joel Gonzales, 45, a computer technician.

"Mao bitaw naa gyud koy marching order sa PD, gi meeting nako sila nga i-flush out tanan. Dili gyud ko gusto nga naay mga maglakaw-lakaw diha nga naa pay kriminal record unya wala pay follow-up operation kung kinsa ni sila (I gave them a marching order to flush out all those who have criminal records)," he said.

"Di nako gusto ug report. Gusto nako ug timeline. Gusto nako mahuman ning problemaha ni karong tuiga. Or else wala koy mahimo, irekomenda nako sila nga dili sila fit para diha sa akong probinsya (I do not want a report. I want solutions this year, or else I might recommend that they are not fit for my province)," he said.

Bautista said the police have yet to determine the motive behind the killings.

Bautista also noted that series of crimes were committed in broad daylight.

"Murag plantsado man kaayo, murag naay protector. Dili nako makita ang argument nga politics kay layo pa ang eleksyon. Pero walay dapat masakripisyo nga tao tungod sa politika (Everything is organized. It seems that there is a protector. We cannot say it’s politics but no one must be sacrificed because of it)," he said.

Meanwhile, Davao del Sur Provincial Police Director Michael John Dubria said he ordered police chiefs to help identify possible guns-for-hire and act against them.

"This cannot continue. This has to end," he said.

Dubria said the authorities are digging into what appeared to be summary executions.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 31, 2014.

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