Davao del Sur Police Chief Senior Superintendent Samuel Gandingan said, a rebel who surrendered to the military provided information on the identities of those involved in the ambush.
Authorities will be filing multiple murders and frustrated murder charges against the suspects by March 24.
Meanwhile, Davao Region police chief, Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan refuted the statement of the New People’s Army that there was an encounter on the day of the incident.
He said investigations reveal that no empty shells belonging to the firearms of the police have been recovered in the crime scene, indicating that they were not able to fire their weapons.
Empty shells recovered near the police mobile matched the shells that were recovered from the position of the assailants.
Also, investigation reveals that PO1 Saro Mangotara who was seated at the back of the patrol car survived the 1st round of gunfire since no traces of his blood was found at the back of the vehicle.
Authorities believe that while he was still alive he was made to kneel down before being shot at close range.
“Mas mataas yung tumira sa kaniya, nag exit dito sa kilikili niya. So malaking posibilidad talaga na buhay siya at pinatay lang siya nung pinalinya na sila doon sa malapit sa mga doors ng patrol cars na yun,” PSSupt. Samuel Gadingan said.
(If he was kneeling the gunman would be higher than him. That would explain why the exit wound was found in his armpit. So there really is a big possibility that he was still alive and was shot to death only when they were lined up near the doors of the patrol cars.)
“Narinig ko naghinto yung putukan tapos narinig ko, ‘huwag kayong magpaputok mag clear muna ako sa baba,’tapos after noon nagpaputok sila ulit (When they stopped firing I heard somebody say, ‘don’t shoot I will conduct clearing first’ and after that I again heard gunshots),“ ambush survivor, PO3 Allen Arnado said.
SOCO investigator PO3 Allen Arnado does not have a clear picture of what really happened to his comrades during the incident since he was trying to hide after jumping out of the vehicle.
“I just crawled to save my life. I don’t know what really happened to the others because of the volume of fire. There was a small creek, a canal, it was where I hid,” PO3 Arnaldo recalled.
Aside from Mangotara, SOCO investigator PO3 Jeden Mie Rabor also showed signs of being shot at close range.
“This is plain and simple murder already, napaka (it’s so) inhuman,” said PCSupt. Manuel Gaerlan.
Pursuit operations are underway for perpetrators of the criminal act. – Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
FILE PHOTO: National Headquarters of the Philippine National Police
MANILA, Philippines — For the last time, the Philippine National Police (PNP) sought to clarify anew the issue of the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.
To do this, the PNP is completing now a report that would clarify the reasons behind the deaths of more than 10,000 drug suspects in various parts of the country, which critics claim, are state-sponsored killings.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has initially sought to conduct a similar probe, but President Rodrigo Duterte himself prohibited the plan.
“How do we now know ngayon kung ano yung sinasabi nilang EJK? Kasi ang sa atin po ay ano yung krimen na naganap, pag may krimen na naganap sino ang perpetrator? State or non state? Ngayon isa pa, iniimbistigahan ba yan o hindi?” said PNP PIO chief PCSupt. Dionardo Carlos.
(How do we know now what this EJK is that they are talking about? Because for us, it’s about the crime committed, and if it was committed, who was the perpetrator?State or non-state? Another one is, are these being investigated or not)
According to the PNP, the thousands of deaths cannot be considered as extrajudicial killings or EJK since the cases are still under investigation.
If a cop is proven involved in a killing, the PNP explained that it will fall under the category of murder and not EJK.
For now, authorities have already resolved more than 6,000 cases of deaths, meaning these are already in courts, and the suspects are now facing charges.
Through the said report, the public can know what happened behind the anti-illegal drugs operations of the PNP.
“What we do is analyze what is happening and report, give out strategies give out this report to the public. We see no plot to cover up,” said the police.
Meanwhile, the PNP will turn over death cases involving illegal drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte calls some of the militant groups in the country as legal fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Among the groups the President named are Piston, Karapatan, Tindig Pilipino and Kilusang Mayo Uno.
The President also accused the groups of being rebels for supporting the enemies of the state.
Mr. Duterte cited Piston as an example, saying it poisons the minds of the people by opposing the Jeepney Modernization Program and even held a transport strike to cause inconvenience to the public.
The Chief Executive said the militants should not expect their aim of establishing a communist government, to happen.
“We know you are one with the NPA. You are one great conspiracy. All of you are really committing rebellion right now,” he said.
“Whether I die today or I fall tomorrow from a plane, they will continue to oppose the government. Whoever is sitting [in power] will not give you a Communist government. I’ll be frank with you,” Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said. – UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – Some policemen who were part of the group behind the kidnapping of Jee Ick Joo have expressed willingness to testify in the killing of the Korean national.
According to PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) Director Glenn Dumlao, many should have been punished for the crime, but many of the suspects were able to go scot-free.
Among them, Dumlao said, are the NBI operatives who are believed to have been involved in the crime.
“Ginagawan namin ng paraan na mahagip pa yung iba eh kasi tatawa tawa lang yung iba dyan eh kung ano partisipasyon ng mga pnp suspects eh ganun din naman sila (We are trying to capture the others because some of them are sniggering, when in fact, whatever the PNP suspects’ participation was, they’re guilty of the same), he said.
According to Dumlao, he was able to talk to the wife of Jee Ick Jook. He said the Korean’s wife is dismayed over the slow pace of the case.
The PNP admitted not having strong evidence yet but noted their new witness could provide a big help in the case.
The AKG previously filed charges against some policemen and NBI operatives, but the cases were dismissed due to lack of evidence.
“It is now on our part on how we can gather evidence to give justice. Because I think those who are detained are now thinking, why only them?” PS/Supt. Glenn Dumlao said.
Currently, the motion to post bail by SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel and P/Supt Rafael Dumlao are still being heard in court. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
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