- NCRPO chief sacked policemen involved in Grade 11 student’s death
- He said cops placed in accounting unit, to be probed
- He also assured safety of victim’s relatives, said probe results to be out in 1-2 weeks
MANILA, Philippines – The policemen involved in the death of a Grade 11 during a major anti-drug operation in Caloocan City have been relieved from their posts pending an investigation.
“Immediately, pina-relieve natin ‘yung tatlong involved na pulis, plus the PCP (Police Community Precinct) commander at temporarily in-assign natin sa Regional Police Holding and Accounting Unit natin to pave the way for an impartial investigation,” National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Oscar Albayade told ABS-CBN.
[Immediately, we have relieved the three police involved, plus the Police Community Precinct commander and we have temporarily assigned them to the Regional Police Holding and Accounting Unit to pave the way for an impartial investigation.]
Operatives claimed they only killed the deceased —Kian Loyd delos Santos— in self-defense after the latter shot at them during the raid. However, this was disputed by a barangay CCTV footage showing two plainclothes policemen dragging Delos Santos to the spot where his lifeless body was later found.
Witnesses have also claimed that the policemen manhandled Delos Santos and forced him to fire a gun before killing him.
Albayade said he has also ordered the Regional Investigation Division to ensure the safety of the Delos Santos’ family.
“Binigyan na rin natin ng direktiba ‘yung district director to ensure the security nung mga relatives ng bata at kahit ‘yung chief of police d’yan gumawa na rin ng sariling imbestigasyon,” he said.
[We have also given a directive to the district director to ensure the security of the teen’s relatives and even the chief of police has started his own investigation.]
Albayade that he expects the probe on Delos Santos’ death to be finished in one to two weeks.
“ASAP po. Kahapon pa po natin binigyan ng direktiba ang ating Internal Affairs Services. Sa tingin ko one or two weeks po matatapos ‘yung kanilang imbestigasyon dyan,” he said.
[ASAP. We’ve given the directive to the Internal Affairs Services. I think they’ll finish the investigation in one or two weeks.]
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