ON MY OWN
First, it was Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao who was killed with nine others during a shootout with govern-ment ope-ratives on October 28, 2016 in Makilala. The shootout took place after the government received information that the Mayor and his convoy will transport illegal drugs to Cotabato and Maguindanao area.
Second casualty was Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. of Albuera town. The mayor died on November 5, 2016 at the Baybay Provincial city jail. He was detained at the jail due to his arrest for illegal drug possession.
Finally the third casualty of drug-war was Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. of Ozamis City. During a pre-dawn drug-raid, Mayor Parojinog and 14 others were killed on July 30, 2017. The Parojinogs are alleged to be the source of illegal drugs in Ozamis area.
It may be recalled that in August last year, President Duterte read before national TV the names of those involved in narco-politics. Twenty-two of those 5,000 names in the list are city mayors. With three casualties, the list is narrowed down to 19 mayors.
I agree that the involve-ment of government officials in illegal drug trade is encompassing and unbelie-vable. And something drastic and radical has to be done to save the next generation from drug menace. But I do not believe that police operatives are licensed to kill over this drug-war.
The death and the manner of deaths of these three mayors would send a chilling effect to those who are involved in illegal drug-trade. But if I were them, I will do the following:
First, I will surrender myself to authorities and resign from my elective post. In this way, I will strip myself of political power and make a less of a target by the government. Second, I will cease and desist from engaging in illegal drug. I do not have to surrender but the intelligence group will pick up my movement which is to detach from narco-politics. Finally, I will just have to leave the country and continue my illegal drug business from abroad and come back to the country after 2022. The last suggestion is still illegal and evil.
Whatever it is, whether the campaign to kill and eliminate drug lords is legal or otherwise, the fact remains that three mayors have been eliminated due to their involvement in illegal drugs. Whether the manner of eliminating them was legal or under suspect, that is what the public has to watch for. There is so much legal issue at stake. But for those whose hearts are callous, let it not be unsympathetic to the victims of drug-war to the extent of being cruel.
Personally, I wish for a better and illegal drug-free Philippines in this lifetime. But I do not subscribe to whatever means just to justify the end because there is the young generation to consider with. The young generation today has to be taught not to kill and they have to be told too not to engage in illegal drugs because these will destroy their future. Between these two ideas of not killing and not doing drugs, lies the concept of family values if not gospel values. And some-times family and gospel va-lues are hard to come by, thus, we go back again to the concept of license to kill.