Pampanga cop faces homicide raps for shooting teen
MANILA, Philippines — A police officer is facing homicide charges for his involvement in a shooting incident that resulted in the death of a 19-year–old teenager in Pampanga last November 20, 2021.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos on Wednesday ordered Central Luzon police authorities to initiate a thorough administrative and criminal investigation against PCpl Alvin Pastorin, 33, an intel officer of Pampanga Police Provincial Office.
“A criminal case for homicide has been filed against Pastorin before the City Prosecutor’s Office. Pastorin is currently detained at the Bacolor Municipal Police Station,” the PNP said in a statement.
Initial investigation from the Bacolor PNP revealed that the suspect went to a store where he confronted the victim, identified as Abelardo Vasquez, with his companions who were not wearing face masks.
“Pastorin reprimanded the teenagers and asked them to return home, but this only resulted in an altercation between the police personnel and the victim’s group,” the PNP said.
According to a witness’ statement, victim Vasquez called for backup from his relatives who were purportedly having a drinking session at home. The witness added that when Pastorin decided to go back to his vehicle, he was pelted with rocks and stones by Vasquez’ group.
The witness further said that Pastorin was “attacked and pinned down” after he fell to the ground.
Pastorin reportedly took his firearm and shot Vasquez who was putting some weight on him.
The PNP said the victim was immediately rushed to the hospital but was later declared dead-on-arrival by doctors.
“I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the bereaved family of Mr. Vasquez and assure them that justice will be served following the due process of the law,” the PNP chief said.