While anti-drug activities would continue in Central Visaya’s largest town, there would be no shoot-to-kill order, fresh Colonel Gemma Cruz Vinluan, director of the Cebu City Police Office, said.
Vinluan stated to neutralize and not kill. Then, prevent them from harming individuals and police officers.
According to an Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University study, Cebu City and province ranked third in the number of drug suspects killed in police operations after Metro Manila and Bulacan from 2016 to 2018.
Vinluan, who takes over from police colonel Royina Garma, breaks away from the statements made by President Rodrigo Duterte to shoot to kill suspects of drugs who are supposedly fighting back.
The drug war has resulted in at least 6,000 alleged drug personalities being murdered in police activities, while human rights organizations are pegging the amount to more than 20,000.