CHR launches investigation on cop who wrongly identified construction worker as suspect

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  • CHR has launched an investigation on the tragic fate of a construction worker who was mistakenly identified as a robbery suspect
  • Authorities said the victim fit the description of the subject of their operation
  • Police also promised that they will not tolerate the cop and will conduct a fair investigation

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has launched an investigation into the gunning down of a construction worker in Sta. Rita, Pampanga who was mistakenly identified by cops as a r0bbery suspect.

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The victim, who was identified as 29-year-old Federico Pineda, fit the description of the subject of the authorities’ dragnet operation.

“Bigla po siyang sumulpot dun po sa area malapit po sa incident na same description po nung suspek po natin. So ang nangyari po, finlag-down siya, however, nag-evade po siya at dinisregard po niya ‘yong patrol officer po natin,” Sta Rita Police chief Police Capt. Renemer  James Pornia told ABS-CBN News.

“Nagkahabulan po sila, and while ‘yong patrolman po natin is nasa motorcycle po, when he drew his firearm, accidentally po nakalabit niya. ‘Yong victim po natin is tinamaan,” he further narrated.

CHR urged the police force to be more discerning on the use of force and firearms when conducting operations.

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“As detailed in their own Philippine National Police revised operational procedures, the use of excessive force is categorically prohibited. And should it be necessary, warning must be first issued and the force to be employed should only be to neutralize resistance and subdue clear and imminent danger,” CHR Spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia said.

De Guia added that in law enforcement, death should not be the first option because their goal should be to protect human rights and dignity.

“Every police officer is reminded of their duty to serve the public and protect life and property,” she said.

Meanwhile, Pornia vowed that they will conduct a fair investigation on the case and will not tolerate their men. The cop, identified as Corporal Eframe Ramirez is now in the hands of authorities.