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Narco politicians told to surrender

By GENALYN KABILING

Narcopoliticians and drug pushers should surrender to authorities now or else risk getting killed in a police operation, according to a Palace official.

Following the death of an Ozamiz City mayor in anti-drug operation last weekend, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar asserted that there would be “no sacred cows” in the campaign against illegal drug trade.

“Sa mga nasa listahan, alam nilang nasa listahan sila, eh maigi na lang sumurender na sila. Kaysa naman ma-operate at magkita pa sila ni San Pedro,” Andanar said in a radio interview last Tuesday.

He said the President is “really serious” in his war on illegal drugs, adding the police and other anti-drug personnel are “now more inspired to go after drug lords especially the narcopoliticians.”

“Walang aatrasan po, no sacred cows,” he said.

Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, his wife and several others were gunned down during a series of predawn police raids in Ozamiz City last weekend. The policemen went to serve the warrants when the suspects allegedly opened fire.

Parojinog was included in the President’s list of government officials with suspected drug links.

Andanar said the anti-drug operation against the Parojinogs and filing of drug case against businessman Peter Lim should dispel speculations that the government was only running after small fishes in the drug trade.

“Sabi nga ni Bato, talagang sunud-sunod na ito, hindi na titigil ito,” he said.

“At nakikita ng mga kababayan natin na hindi lang po iyong small fish na pusher, pati po mismo iyong mga drug lord mismo, iyong mga nandoon sa first tier ng drug industry,” he said.

Once the drug suspects in the narco-list are apprehended, Andanar said they would have to face the law and “this will (be a) gain for the government.”

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