Dagupan’s ‘Little Tondo’ straightens after two corpses were displayed
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – It took only two cadavers thrown by unknown assailants near the entrance of the “Little Tondo” of this city to scare the residents who immediately pledged their support to the police’s war against illegal drugs.TASK FORCE ID. Dagupan City’s Chief of Police Niel Miro shows the identification card he designed for the members of the Task Force Anti-Illegal Drugs as they watch 24 hours a day seven days a week Sitio Aling, known as lair of murderers and narcotic peddlers. Upon Miro’s assumption of office in August 1, the residents of the slum nestled in the city proper gave their unconditional cooperation to him in his fight against criminalities. Photo by Mortz C. Ortigoza
Senior Superintendent Neil Miro, city chief of police here, said after a certain Cayabyab, a notorious narcotics dealer, and a lady dope dealer Onging were murdered early of August, Sitio Aling, a part of Barangay Pantal here became a peaceful place.
The sitio is known as lair of narcotics peddlers, snatchers, and killers, like an armpit of this generally peaceful city after previous chiefs of police could not solve the vileness of the place.
After Onging was murdered, residents there trooped by riding five public utility jeeps to the office of Miro that alerted his policemen.
He thought the 70 residents of Sitio Aling would retaliate after their two fellow residents were murdered.
“Sabi nila susuko na po kami (We are going to surrender),” Miro said.
Security precaution in mind, the chief of police asked his men to separate the men and women from the slum at the function room at the third floor of the police station where they were gathered.
He said he separated them before he started the dialogue because many of the menacing-looking men have tattoos all over their bodies.
Miro cautioned them not to make any false move otherwise there would be consequences.
“Sabi ko pagpapatayin ko kayo baka magnanais kayong patayin ninyo ako dito, mamatay kayo dito,” he said.
He then asked the obviously frightened folks two questions.
“Masayang buhay o mamatay (a happy life or death)?
“Masayang buhay ( a happy life)!” they all simultaneously and loudly answered as quoted by Miro for Northern Watch.
Because of their cooperation, he told the men that he designated them as members of the newly formed Task Force Anti-Illegal Drugs with identification card for each of them.
Their function is to watch 24 hours a day seven days a week any suspicious personality that enter the Sitio and report them to Miro.
“Idea ko iyan. Pag may pumasok diyan na drug pusher kalimutan natin na magkakaibigan tayo kasi wala kayong silbi, lokohan lang tayo,” he warned them.
As gratitude of their cooperation Miro sought the help of philanthropist Ashok Vasandani, president of the Filipino-Indian Chamber here, to fund a small party there.
Vasandani said he would give ten thousand pesos for the people there.
Vasandani cited they posted on a tarpaulin the slogan’s ”Kaysa Druga ang ihain mas mabuti na lang ang pagkain” of the residents on their collaboration for the public to see.
Upon assumption of the post in August 1, Miro, said he was challenged by the notoriety of Aling that he even went there alone in the wee hour during a typhoon.
“Sinabi kasi nila ang Sitio Aling ay isa sa pugad ng drug pushers, gustong gusto ko iyong ma- challenged e”.
He told himself that if someone blocked his way out by threatening his life he would shoot the culprit.
“Sabi ko pag may lumabas dito at mangharang sa akin ay babarilin ko”.
In the past, a policeman chasing a robber who snatched the belonging of commuters and consumers at the nearby city proper would hesitate to enter the place without colleagues backing him up.
Residents there had killed in different occasions years ago two police men.
The place was a puzzle for law enforcement officials because several chiefs of police here could not solve the problem in the area
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