10 cops in mistaken identity shooting face charges

MANILA, Philippines — Charges have been filed by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) against 10 cops and three barangay tanods (village watchmen) of Addition Hills Village following the case of a mistaken identity in Mandaluyong City which killed two persons and wounded two others.

According to NCRPO chief Oscar Albayalde, the cops were placed under restrictive custody at the NCRPO Headquarters after the incident.

“We have filed the cases of homicide against the 10 policemen at sa tatlong barangay tanods (and three village watchmen),” he said.

Albayalde also confirmed that Jonalyn Ambaan, Mhury Jamon, two men from the group they had an altercation with and two barangay tanods, tested positive for gunpowder burns.

This is why one of the angles being looked into is the possible rift between the two groups which led to the shooting of Jonalyn.

“Kasi may nakuha ding slug doon yung ating SOCO (Scene of the Crime Operatives) noong ipina SOCO natin ang lugar. Pero undetermined caliber pa rin as of this time. So lumalabas na mukhang nagbarilan sila doon sa lugar. Ngunit wala tayong narecover na baril,” Albayalde said.

(The Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered a slug from the scene. The caliber is undetermined as of this time.  It shows that the two groups possibly had an exchange of fire. But we have not recovered any firearm.)

It is also likely that the village watchmen sided with the group of Abdurakman Alfin whom Jonalyn’s companions had a confrontation with.

“Unang-una yung grupo nina Abdurakman Alfin taga doon at itong mga construction workers ay hindi residente doon (firstly, Abdurakman Alfin’s group are from the area while the construction worker s are not residents),” said the NCRPO chief.

Last week, 36 bullets were found in a white Mitsubishi Adventure along the stretch Of Shaw Boulevard corner Old Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City after watchmen and policemen riddled it with bullets, when they mistook it for the getaway vehicle of a suspect they were pursuing. — UNTV News & Rescue

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