METRO MANILA: "Michael" (not his real name), a hired killer in the employ of a drug syndicate, has been doing brisk business amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on drug crime.
It is perhaps ironic that the "war on drugs" has served their interests, allowing him and his bosses to get away with murder - allegedly with the complicity of police accomplices.
Michael had killed four people in the space of five months, and was recently ordered to kill seven more, he told the investigative programme Get Rea! in an exclusive interview that airs on Tuesday (Jan 3).
“The bosses want to get rid of the small-time drug dealers. If we don’t get rid of them, they will end up revealing information about our organisation,” said Michael.But his hit list also includes people uninvolved in the drug trade. According to Michael, business and personal rivals are now easily targeted. “It’s all so simple. I’ll just throw a pack of meth or a gun. Then there is nothing to investigate, because the body has been tagged as a pusher,” he said.
Since coming to power in June 2016, President Duterte’s public incitements for civilians to take violent action against drug pushers have led to a rash of vigilante-style killings.
As of Dec 15, there have been 4,049 victims of such killings - of which 3,717 remained unexplained, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP). Only in about 500 cases have any suspects been arrested
Source: Youtube, CNA
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