By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar ordered on Thursday, September 30, aggressive pursuit operations against persons responsible for the death of Police Staff Sergeant Karl Marty Manzanilla who died in a drug buy-bust operation in Cavite on Tuesday night.
“I have already directed the RD, PRO4A PBGen Ely Cruz to do everything in his power to hold those responsible for the death of PSSgt Karl Marty Manzanilla accountable,” PGen Eleazar said.
“Hindi ako papayag na hindi makamit ng pamilya ni PSSgt Manzanilla ang katarungan kaya tinitiyak ko sa kanila na mananagot ang may mga gawa nito,” he added.
The suspects were identified as Marlon Pacia, Jun-Jun Javier and Jomarie Pacia were able to flee while other suspected drug personalities, Jesabel Cadag, Jemuel Pillar, John Pacia, and John Lloyd Pacia, were arrested.
According to the initial police report, the suspects sensed that they were transacting with police operatives in Barangay Salawag last Tuesday night, prompting one of them to pull out a caliber .45 pistol and shot Manzanilla and another police agent, Patrolman Ariel Maribojo.
The wounded police officers were rushed to Dasmariñas City Medical Center. Unfortunately, Manzanilla died along the way.
PGen Eleazar said the incident only proved that drug suspects would really fight back against authorities and kill them just to evade arrest, contrary to various claims that they are among the victims of the war against illegal drugs.
“Ang nangyaring madugong engkwentro sa Cavite ay pagpapatunay lamang na palaban at seryoso ang banta ng mga nagtutulak ng droga at isa sa mga napakaraming patunay na hindi maaamong tupa at mga biktima ng umano’y human rights abuses ang mga ito na gaya ng gustong palabasin ng iba,” PGen Eleazar said.
Meanwhile, the arrested suspects will be slapped with drug-related charges, police said.
The PNP chief maintained that in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the police force will remain relentless in enforcing the government’s campaign against illegal drugs. (ai/mtvn)