(L-R) Atty. Glenn Chong and Richard Santillan. | Courtesy: Glen Chong FB account
LAGUNA, Philippines – The Calabarzon Police has denied the alleged torture of Richard Red Santillan, the bodyguard of election lawyer Atty. Glen Chong.
According to a police report, Santillan was a member of an organized crime group and the subject of a police operation that resulted in his death on December 10 in Cainta, Rizal.
Calabarzon Police Regional Director PCSupt. Edward Carranza said, Chong’s claim of torture was a “serious allegation.”
“We will not let this allegation stain the credibility of the members of the police Calabarzon. We would like to clarify the accusations of Atty. Glenn Chong that Richard Santillan was tortured and that this person is not related in any form of illegal activities,” Carranza argued.
The PNP Crime Laboratory in Rizal explained that based on the autopsy conducted on Santillan’s body, there were no signs of bruises much less of torture.
“Makikita po rito ang mga injuries nan a-sustain sa harap at sa likod walang mga pasa. Doon sa paa na natanggal daw ang kuko, iyon po ay grace gunshot wound. It is injury sustained nang tumama ang bala sa hinlalake sa kanan. Hindi naman po talaga tinanggal iyon,’ explained Rizal Crime Lab Chief PSupt. Pierre Paul Carpio.
Also, based on the intelligence report from the Police Regional Office-4A, Santillan was in a relationship with Gessamyn Casing whose cousin is the leader of the so-called “highway boys” gang.
During the press briefing on Tuesday (December 18) at Camp Vicente Lim, the PNP presented a diagram that shows Santillan’s links to an organized carnapping group.
Casing and Santillan were both killed in the incident.
But Atty, Chong insists that his aide had never been involved in any criminal activity.
“Puro kasinungalingan iyan. I’m sure about that because I also have my own evidence. Sabi mo na si Richard Santillan carnapper. Kaninong sasakyan ang na-carnap? Sabi nila holdaper, sinong nabiktima? Announce the name, date, place and time. Ipakita ninyo. At iyong ipinagyayabang nilang intel report, ito ba iyong matrix? Iyong picture ni Richard? Galing sa Facebook. Anung klaseng intel report iyan? Kabalbalan iyan ng mga bobong pulis. Tanong ko sa kanilang kapulisan, is a matrix acceptable in the court? Hindi,” Chong argued.
As of press time, the PRO4A is still waiting for the trajectory report of the incident in Rizal that will come from the PNP Crime Lab.
The involved policemen remain on hold while the investigation is underway. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)