By Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang has lauded the Office of the Ombudsman’s decision to dismiss and prosecute a Manila policeman who reportedly killed a young man while conducting anti-drug operations.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said President Duterte does not tolerate any police abuse in the government’s war on illegal drugs.
“We welcome it as PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) says his administration will not tolerate abuse on the part of police officers as there will be hell to pay,” Panelo said.
The Office of the Ombudsman has reportedly ordered the dismissal from service and filing of murder charges against Police Staff Sergeant Gerry Genalope.
The Manila cop allegedly shot Djastin Lopez despite his pleas not to kill him. Genalope however claimed that he was forced to shoot Lopez, an alleged drug suspect, after attacking him.
Meantime, Panelo admitted that the President has grown frustrated with the lingering drug problem despite the government’s efforts to combat the traffickers.
“Ang ibig sabihin lang ni Presidente, napu-frustrate siya kasi nga despite lahat ng ginagawa niya ay may nakakapasok pa rin [The President only means he’s frustrated because despite his efforts, drugs are still coming in],” he said.
Panelo, however, recognized that the seizure of the smuggled drugs by authorities still proved the anti-drug campaign was still successful.
“Tama rin iyong sinasabi ng mga law enforcement, nakakapasok nga pero nahuhuli namin – so on their part, successful [the law enforcement authorities are also right. The drugs are smuggled in but they managed to seize them so on their part successful],” he said.
“Si Presidente naman ay napu-frustrate kasi pasok pa rin nang pasok. Kumbaga hindi nadi-discourage iyong mga ulupong. In a way, iyon ang punto ni Presidente [The President for his part is frustrated becase drugs are still being smuggled into the country. It appears the traffickers are not discouraged. In a way, that’s the point of the President],” he added.