Manhunt on for 3 Lanao Sur town mayors involved in illegal drugs; bounty up

PARANG, Maguindanao — Police authorities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have launched a massive manhunt against three town mayors of Lanao del Sur allegedly involved in big time illegal drug trade.

Chief Supt. Agripino Javier, police director for ARMM, refused to name the officials but said intelligence reports showed they are “drug lords or illegal drug protectors.”

Some private individuals have raised PHP100,000 each bounty for the arrest of the suspects, Javier revealed.

“Surrender or die,” Javier told the suspects who he said have armed followers.

Javier refused to say if there was a shoot to kill order. “If these mayors violently resist, of course the police know what to do, we expect these drug lords to have heavily armed followers.”

“You know ARMM has many private armies, now is the time to meet them head on, especially we have a very supportive PNP chief and very supportive President,” Javier said.

Javier has relieved the provincial police directors of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi for their dismal performance in the police drive against illegal drugs. Ten town police chief were also relieved for the same reason.

Javier said 30 other town police chiefs are up for evaluation and if found not performing well in the drive against illegal drugs, they have to go. PNA/