Mayor Antonio ‘Thony’ Halili of Tanauan City, Batangas did it again. This Sunday, June 19, he ordered seven suspected drug pushers and users to do the controversial ‘Walk of Shame’ in the streets inside his city. But to add embarrassment, the photos of the faces of the arrested suspects and their names were also revealed online for public information.
According to the post at Tanauan City’s Hope Facebook page, the suspects have been under survaillance for almost a week before they were arrested through a Buy Bust Operation conducted by Mayor Haliili’s own Anti-Crime Group, led by Mr. Allan Fajardo. Their street parade was then dubbed as June Bride and Groom (Flavor the Month).
The suspects were identified as – Darwin Carandang y Lopez, 22, of Barangay Boot, 22, married; Jenny Magsino y Mercado, 24, of Barangay Mabini, Donna Almario y Mornales, 19, of Calamba, Laguna, Joseph Christian y Damgo, 23 of Guiñangan,Quezon; JomerApolinario y Russel, 29 of Mamba, Aklan, Cesar Gomez y Tolentino, 30, of San Quintin, Pangasinan; and Jonathan Seroma y Umali, 23 of Narvaez, Barangay 4,Tanauan City.
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As we all know, this is not the first ‘Walk of Shame’ at Tanauan City. Late last month, Mayor Haliili ordered 11 drug pushers to parade on the streets in the city, and dubbed the shame campaign as Flores de Pusher, a parody of the nation’s ‘Flores de Mayo’ held every May. A week earlier, 7 similar suspects were ordered to do the same.
As part of the mayor’s instruction, each suspect bears the sign, “Ako’y drug pusher, wag tularan” (I’m a drug pusher, don’t be like me), as they do the ‘Walk of Shame.” And although the CHR (Commission of Human Rights) has not yet commented on the latest activity, it has consistently criticized Mayor Haliili and plans to file a case against him.
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On the other hand, Mayor Haliili has vowed to continue the Walk of Shame as part of his campaign against illegal drug, and noted that the punishment has been effective. Meanwhile, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and incoming PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa are both supporting his practice, with Duterte even willing to give legal advice to him.