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Relatives claim rub out in Matalam anti-drug raid

Local News • 17:20 PM Sun Jul 10, 2016
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Ferdinandh Cabrera
Tima Dali whose 2 sons were killed during police anti-illegal raid in Matalam, North Cotabato cries over kill. (Ferdinand Cabrera)

MATALAM, North
Cotabato – What used to be a lively community here has turned into a
ghost village as residents have fled following the bloody clash between police
and suspected illegal drug users and peddlers.

They called
the raid as bloody where eight suspected illegal drug peddlers and users were
killed.

Overkill,”
said one resident of the killing of eight suspects, three of whom have already
voluntarily yielded to police in response to calls for self-proclaimed drug
users to surrender and avoid the prohibited drugs.

A special
police unit from Central Mindanao police office on Saturday raided Purok Islam,
Barangay Poblacion, Matalam to serve arrest warrants against suspected illegal
drug users.

The raid
turned into a shootout after what police described as strong resistance” on the
part of the suspects.

Relatives of
Abusaid Lampune, Bulaw Palti and Tahir Salipuddin, claimed their slain
relatives have already surrendered to police before the raid.

They were
asked to surrender then the police would come to our community and they
summarily executed one by one,” Lydia Sakilan, purok president of Purok Islam.

Where is justice,
we were treated like animals,” she added. I hope President Duterte will help
us.”

Tima Dali,
mother of slain suspects Aron and Maling, claimed her sons were summarily
executed in their home bedrooms.

My sons were
unarmed, they were mercilessly killed,” she added.

Bulaw Palti’s
father who asked not to be named said that his son was not a drug
dependent. He was a member of the Moro
Islamic Liberation Front but he was unarmed,” he said.

The father
said it was his son Bulaw who convinced his friends to surrender to police only
to be killed by police.

Police denied
the relatives’ claim.

Supt. Maximo
Sebastian, leader of a police special unit that raided Purok Islam, also known
as Purok Quiapo, stressed the operation was legitimate and the shootout came because
they were met with bullets as they enter the community at 2 a.m.

Sebastian said
prior to the raid, a police intelligence operations uncovered with enough
evidence that Purok Islam has been an illegal drug den where big time illegal drug
pushers meet and do business.

They resisted
arrest, they fired shots and that triggered the exchange of gunfire,” he told
reporters.

Purok Islam
has been repeatedly raided by police in the past due to the proliferation of
illegal drugs. (Ferdinandh Cabrera)

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