- Three Lanao Del Sur mayors are now being hunted for being involved in the illegal drugs trade in ARMM
- ARMM Police Director C/Supt. Agripino Javier told them to “surrender or die”
- Private individuals in the region have put up reward money for the capture or neutralization of the “narco mayors”
Massive manhunts were launched against three town mayors in Lanao Del Sur suspected of being either drug lords or protectors of drug dealers.
Chief Supt. Agripino Javier, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) police director, asked the town executives to turn themselves in to police authorities or risk being killed.
“You better surrender or die,” Javier said of the town mayors whose identities were not disclosed.
Javier shared that private individuals in the ARMM have put up P100,000 bounty for the arrest or neutralization of each of the “narco mayors” that were included in the list of politicians involved in the illegal drugs trade.
“The reward did not come from the PNP but from individuals who wanted the drug lord mayors neutralized,” he said; adding the amount raised would be given to police officers who could neutralize them.
Asked if there is a shoot-to-kill order against the “narco politicians” Javier said the police are authorized to do what is best in a given situation.
“If these mayors violently resist, of course the police know what to do, we expect these drug lords to have heavily armed followers,” NDBC quoted Javier as saying.
Meanwhile, a town mayor in Maguindanao voluntarily surrendered to Javier to clear his name.
Mayor Rasul Sangki of Ampatuan town denied he is involved in the illegal drugs trade during a closed-door meeting with Javier.
“I strongly deny that I am a drug lord,” Sangki said as he emerged from the office of the police director. He said he is willing to surrender to Philippine National Police Chief Director General Roland Dela Rosa and be subjected to an investigation.