Cop in kid's slay sacked

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Friday signed the dismissal papers of a Caloocan City policeman accused of killing a 6-year-old boy while claiming to be running after a wanted criminal last April 28.

Dismissed from the police force was Corporal Rocky delos Reyes after he failed to present evidence to back up his claim that he was not the one who shot Grade 1 student Gian Habal.

“The respondent failed to present controverting evidence to disprove the alleged unlawful acts of indiscriminate firing. His reliance on denial and self-serving evidence are untenable and cannot be given due consideration,” the order signed by Eleazar read.

Habal was playing outside their house on Mabini Street in Camarin when a bullet fired by Delos Reyes hit him in the forehead.

The policeman claimed he was pursuing a drug suspect when he fired his weapon. He also claimed that it was not his bullet that killed the boy. However, Eleazar said that a ballistics examination showed that the fatal bullet that ended the life of the boy who wanted to be a policeman came from the service pistol of Delos Reyes.

Delos Reyes, then assigned with the Caloocan City Police Station’s Administrative Holding Unit, was charged with murder, attempted murder, and violation of the gun ban before the Caloocan City Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges were filed after the boy died 20 minutes after being brought to the Caloocan City North Medical Center for treatment. His grandmother, 65-year- old Elza Montañez, was also wounded when she was shot in the foot by the lawman when she tried to stop him from escaping.

Shortly after he surrendered, Delos Reyes claimed that he was on his way home when he chanced upon a man known only as “Botchok” who was wanted for possession of illegal drugs.  He said that he exchanged fire with ‘Botchok’ although an investigation showed that there was no exchange of fire in the area.