THE Philippine National Police (PNP) vowed that it will conduct aggressive pursuit operations against those responsible for the death of Police Staff Sergeant Karl Marty Manzanilla.
Manzanilla 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,” PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said.
“I will not allow that the family of PSSgt Manzanilla will not get the justice they deserve,” he added.
The suspects were identified as Marlon Pacia, Jun-Jun Javier and Jomarie Pacia, who 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 the 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.
“What happened in the bloody Cavite encounter is proof that illegal drug personalities are ready to kill and that they are not meek lambs and supposedly the victims of human rights abuses just like what others portray them to be,” 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.