APPEARANCE

For Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano,  the raid that led to the death of 15 people including Mayor Parojinog in Ozamis City “looks like a massacre. “

Alejano, an opposition lawmaker and long time critic of the President,

wants an investigation into the incident because from how it looks now, it does look like a massacre. “ maraming information pa ang dapat dumating sa atin

sa akin magiging unfir din sa ating PNP kungdi natin makita ang lahat pero initially it looks like that…a massacre”

Alejano notres that the operation appears to be problematic and remeiniscent of what happened in the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa. “hindi ho natin maiwasan na mag isip na mayroong prublema doon sa pagconduct ng operations kasi nga sabi ko reminiscent ito nung nangyari sa bahay ni mayor espinosa lagi sinasabi pinaputukan sila wala silang magawa kungdi gumanti”

For one, Alejano finds it questionnable that the police did not sustain any casualties.”sa isang defensive operation na  kung saan ang target mo nasa defensive position…nakabakod bahay niyan bato may gwardiya yan at  offensive force itong raiding team… disadvantaged position yun pero pagkatapos ng operation patay lahat ng nasa loob ni isang pulis walang sugat pag pinutukan ka most likely  may casualty.. yun sinasabi na parang may prublema sa operations”

Alejano adds, “sa akin naman sabi ko nga medyo dapat pinipino pino  nila yung pag operate

kasi masyadong blatant nangyari yan sa kay mayor espinosa sa kulungan sa bahay niya na niraid “

Having said that, Alejano also recognizes that the Parojinogs had to be held accountable.

“tama din naman inabot sila ng batas managot sila dapat sa krimen na ginawa

nabanggit ko naman rason”

Alejano points out that the goverment is under pressure to bring in big fish but he hopes it won’t come at the expense of democratic institutions. “kasi napepressure ang ating pangulo na puro mahihirap nakatsinelas yung pinapatay kaya sinasabi nila ito malaki ito… ito accomplishment sa war on dregs sa tingin ko naman malaking isda ito pero kahit tayong lahat gusto mawala droga sana hindi ito mapalitan ng mas malaking prublema”

Alejano isnt that impressed with the raid that led to the death of 15 people including Mayor Parojinog in Ozamis City.

In a statement, Alejano said, “the once considered untouchables in Ozamis were made to account for the countless crimes that they have committed in the past. Something that our authorities must have done long time ago. The fruits of their crimes have allowed them to dominate local politics for a long time in Misamis Occidental. This is one I count as big fish in the war of drugs of this administration.”

Alejano however hastens to add that, “On the other hand, the raid was highly suspicious. Reminiscent of what happened to Albuera, Leyte Mayor Espinosa some months back. “Medyo pinu-pinohin naman ang operations.” While it may look like a success on the surface like the thousands killed under the war on drugs, its impact to the due process of law, human rights, and professionalism of the PNP can not be underestimated. “

Alejano stresses that while he supports the elimination of illicit drugs in the country, he also wants  the strengthening of  democratic institutions and democratic processes in the country. “This has long term implications to our democracy way beyond the term of President Duterte.”