Gen. Garbo and Gen. Si­nas on war on drugs

ATTY. RUPHIL F. BAÑOC FER­NANDO FAJARDO

Cebu Daily News - - OPINION - Ruphil_stp@ya­hoo.com

There are two po­lice gen­er­als that I can in­evitably com­pare and con­trast in the dis­cus­sion of the drugs prob­lem in Cebu. They are PNP Gen­er­als Marcelo Garbo and De­bold Si­nas.

Both gen­er­als are grad­u­ates of the Philip­pine Mil­i­tary Academy (PMA) and pre­sum­ably well trained. They are both as­signed in the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice (PRO-7) as re­gional di­rec­tors. Both are con­fronted with the drug prob­lems in the re­gion.

Garbo was a trusted man of then PNP chief Gen. Alan Purisima dur­ing the time of Pres­i­dent Benigno Aquino. Af­ter lead­ing PRO-7, he was pro­moted to lead the PNP at the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion Of­fice (NCRPO). He was one of the can­di­dates to be­come PNP chief.

In two years of Garbo’s watch at the PRO-7, no sin­gle raid on drugs was con­ducted, say­ing that such is a job of the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA). Be­cause he did not or­der his po­lice to con­duct drug op­er­a­tions, it fol­lows that there was zero ca­su­alty in re­la­tion thereto.

In fact, Garbo re­lieved his po­lice of­fi­cers who did not fol­low his or­ders not to con­duct raids on drugs. Many of his sub­or­di­nates were re­lieved and trans­ferred to other prov­inces far away from their fam­i­lies as a con­se­quence of con­duct­ing drug op­er­a­tions.

Al­though at that time there were in­no­cent peo­ple killed, such deaths were not re­lated to po­lice op­er­a­tions. They were au­thored by drug ad­dicts who were fear­less in the streets of Cebu City, es­pe­cially dur­ing night time. Drugs were sold just like can­dies in the streets. Peo­ple, ex­cept those who are re­sid­ing in gated high end sub­di­vi­sions and fully guarded con­do­mini­ums, can at­test to that prob­lem.

On the other hand, Si­nas is a trusted man of PNP Chief Gen. Os­car Al­bay­alde un­der Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s time. He was as­signed as PRO-7 chief start­ing July 4, 2018.

Within just 4 months of Si­nas’ watch, he or­ders many raids on drugs and con­fis­cated shabu amount­ing to P120 mil­lion al­ready.

Al­though there are ca­su­al­ties, but they are al­legedly in­volved in the il­le­gal drug trade and tried to shoot first at the po­lice.

Many are also ar­rested, which has l ed to jump packed jail fa­cil­i­ties.

Si­nas also re­lieved his po­lice of­fi­cers who did not fol­low his or­ders to con­duct se­ries of drug raids in their re­spec­tive ju­ris­dic­tions, con­trary to that of Garbo. In fact, he re­lieved the en­tire po­lice force of Tal­isay City for fail­ure to solve the drug prob­lems in the area, es­pe­cially in Barangay Tangke, Tal­isay.

So, given that there is no per­fect gen­eral as there is no per­fect per­son on earth, who do you think, be­tween the two, de­serves our taxes? Who do you think is sin­cere and ded­i­cated enough to serve the peo­ple?

In the lat­est SWS sur­vey, it says that 8 in ev­ery 10 Filipinos sup­port the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion’s war on drugs. Ap­par­ently, Si­nas’ per­for­mance and of his men re­ceives en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port from peace lov­ing Filipinos.

So, given that there is no per­fect gen­eral as there is no per­fect per­son on earth, who do you think, be­tween the two, de­serves our taxes? Who do you think is sin­cere and ded­i­cated enough to serve the peo­ple?

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