Mayor Domogan orders BCPO to investigate reported killings

BAGUIO CITY -– Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Friday, September 16 confirmed giving orders to the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) director PSr. Supt. George Daskeo to conduct an investigation on the reported illegal-drug related killings in the city.

Domogan said the investigation should establish the real motives behind the killings and put to rest suspicions that the fatalities were victims of summary execution.

On Wednesday, September 14, Domogan said a series of murders were perpetrated in broad daylight and in full view of civilians.

“These incidents are destroying not only the image of the city as a peaceful tourist and educational center but also the reputation of the BCPO whose capabilities are being tried and tested by the brazen manner these crimes were committed.”

“Whether or not the victims are really involved in illegal drugs is not the issue, we do not condone these killings outside legitimate operations,” Domogan added.

Based on the BCPO report, 15 individuals died in drug-related killings in the city and four of these were legitimate police operations.

On September 13, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Baguio City director Evelyn Trinidad signed DILG memorandum circular 2015-63 mandating the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) to continuously gather data on all drug-related incidents and its effect on the peace and order situation in the barangay including a list of suspected individuals involved in illegal drugs.

The list will be updated on a monthly basis and must be submitted to the DILG in a sealed envelope to maintain its confidentiality. Jojo Lamaria/PNA/