Philippines: Another Alleged Drug Pusher Killed in Shootout

The alleged drug pusher who sustained multiple gunshot wounds died on the spot. photo

MANILA, Philippines – An alleged drug pusher in Las Piñas City was killed in an encounter with anti-drug operatives on Friday night.

A report reaching the Southern Police District (SPD) said Raffy Cajeda was killed after he allegedly traded shots with elements of the Las Piñas City Police anti-illegal drugs unit at about 10:53 p.m. in Barangay Talon Dos.

Police said undercover police officers were conducting a drug sting against Cajeda when he became suspicious.

According to police, Cajeda drew out a caliber .357 magnum revolver and fired four times at the police officers. The officers were then forced to shoot back. Cajeda who sustained multiple gunshot wounds, died on the spot, police said.

Recovered from Cajeda were the .357 magnum and seven small heat-sealed plastic sachets that contain suspected shabu crystals.

Police said Cajeda is included in the list of drug personalities in the city of Las Piñas.


Duterte tells troops in drug war: ‘I will protect you’


Posted at Sep 17 2016 05:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte (C) clenches fist along with other Philippine Air Force (PAF) officials during the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing (PAW) anniversary at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday promised to “protect” policemen and soldiers at the forefront of his bloody war on drugs, amid mounting international criticism.

Speaking before army troops in Isabela province, Duterte brandished a list of village chiefs, policemen, soldiers, and mayors whom he accused of involvement in the illegal drug trade.

“I will protect you. I will not allow one policeman or one military to go to jail,” he said.

Duterte said he was ready to go to jail in place of his men.

“Lahat ng gawin mo, utos iyan ni Mayor Duterte…Siya ang ikulong ninyo. Ako ang magpapakulong. [Tell them you are taking orders from Mayor Duterte… Jail him. I am willing to go to jail]. Just do what is the mandate of the Constitution, at ako ang bahala sa inyo [I will take care of you],” he said.

The United Nations, the United States and various human rights groups have expressed alarm at the hundreds of drug suspects killed since Duterte assumed office on June 30.

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Duterte said the Philippines risked going into a “tailspin” unless the drug lords and their protectors in government are stopped. “Ito ang pinakamabigat, corruption ito at crime [This is the gravest combination, corruption and crime].”

Expressing displeasure at policemen on the take, the President said: “How can I build a case na ganito? Sabi ng human rights, you build a case then you file [How can I build a case? Human rights said build a case and file]”

He repeated the names of Naguilian, La Union Mayor Reynaldo Flores, and retired police general and now Daantabayan Mayor Vicente Loot, who were previously linked to the drug trade.

“What does it mean? It means that wherever he was assigned, he was into drugs,” he said of Loot.

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