20+ shootings on street drugs
Some may not have been fatally shot, but the police reported twenty (20) or more shootings from
January to August this year 2014 which are drug-related and are now under investigation.
Crime statistics in Dumaguete is dominated by illegal drug trafficking and if not nipped in the bud, this university town will in no time be a center of drug peddling especially among the students and young professionals.
There is virtually unlimited entry along our long shoreline unless there are vigilant village watchmen volunteers. The hope is only for each town's bantay dagat to engage a good radio networking with the police in aborting and apprehending suspects in these landing areas. The fisherfolks (unless bribed) will tell where the drug landings are, excluding those being monitored by bantay dagat.
The police report did not mention how many of these persons were killed by still unidentified killers (again) as the wearing of bonnets and helmets hamper quick identification of suspects by witnesses.
This was the mid-year assessment of Col James Goforth, city chief of police, who gave further proof that in the public attorney's office, 90% of the cases are drugrelated.
This means, pauper litigants who abound on drugrelated cases could not afford the services of a lawyer, thus are being defended by public attorneys.
But most definitely, Goforth said, wittingly or unwittingly, “we are getting them down as more will fall if they resist legal arrests by the police.”