Fair warning

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By Jun Ledesma


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

POLICE scalawags, regardless of rank, had been warned by City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to better shape up or ship out. It looks like the mayor must have sensed some dirty hands of law enforcers in illegal drug syndicate and in robbery-holdup incidents that had been picking up lately.

When he says “regardless of rank”, one can surmise that some ranking officials are on the take and must be positively identified. In like manner when he warned criminal elements to leave Davao City vertically, the mayor minced no words in ordering police scalawags to leave the city, pronto.

Mayor Duterte had put his life at stake each time he goes to rebel territories to seek the release of military or police elements held captive by the New People’s Army. It must have crushed him no end when he learned that the last enlisted man he saved from the hands of his captors turned out to be involved in drugs and illegal logging. But the life he saved was so precious to the family who had incessantly begged him to intercede. Duterte acceded but I think he must have asked the military top brass to impose disciplinary measures. From what I heard, the captive was summarily dismissed. His consolation is that he is alive. Because of his adventurism the Mayor’s message to shape up or ship out (horizontally?) is best addressed to those who would try their luck in drugs and protector of criminals.


The incineration of cocaine bars at the Holcim facilities and in the presence of Drug enforcers, police and military authorities, chemists, and media persons bears some meaningful significance. Remember that the cocaine shipment was intercepted here in Davao City. Against the directive of PDEA top brass to ship the multi-million-peso contraband to Manila, Duterte insisted that it should be incinerated here. He saw to it too, that chemists ascertain that what they are burning are indeed the cocaine bars that the mayor’s operative had confiscated. Having done that, the mayor later issued the stern warning against policemen, regardless of rank, to stay out of drugs and for those coddling robbery gangs to leave…otherwise.

That’s fair warning, I must say. On the other hand, I would advise Mayor Duterte to first ascertain whether the next enlisted man he will rescue from the hands of the rebels is not involved in criminal activities. Leaving the fate of an incorrigible drug pusher in the hand of his captors may save more lives.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 05, 2014.


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