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Daming patayan: PNP told to address gun-for-hire industry

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The police must do something.

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) has urged the Philippine National Police to address the industry of gun-for-hire amid the recent spate of killings involving local government officials.

VACC spokesperson Boy Evangelista expressed concern regarding the series of killings which have involved prosecutors, priests and local politikos such as mayors, vice mayors and barangay captains.

“Naaalarma kami. Tayong lahat ay natatakot sa present danger, ‘yung sitwasyon na kung saan ang laging nasa utak natin ay sino ang susunod. Parang series talaga,” he said in a radio interview Sunday.

“Talagang nakakabahala talaga at very alarming ‘yung proportion ngayon,” he added.

On Monday last week, Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was shot dead while attending the city hall’s flag-raising ceremony.

A day later, General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote was also killed in an ambush in Cabanatuan City.

On Saturday, Trece Martires City Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan was killed also in an ambush.

“We are calling ‘yung PNP leadership na i-address itong gun-for-hire,” the VACC official said.

“Siguro naman itong intelligence community, create a special task force, na walang gagawin ito, ‘yun lang [bantayan ang] gun-for-hire industry,” he added.