Top cops face probe

May 29, 2019

THE Department of Justice is set to conduct preliminary investigation into the complaints filed against senior police officers tagged in the killing of former Biliran congressman Glenn Chong’s aide and a female companion.

Acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon disclosed that he has already assigned Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Alexander Suarez to conduct hearings on the murder of Richard Santillan.

“Yung kay Santillan pina-assign ko na kay SASP Suarez,” said Fadullon.

Last May 17, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed before the DoJ the criminal cases against Calabarzon police regional director Brig. Gen. Edward Carranza and 22 other police officers for the killing of Santillan and his female companion Gessamyn Casing last December in Barangay San Andres in Cainta, Rizal.

Carranza, Rizal provincial director Col. Lou Evangelista and Cainta police chief Lt. Col. Pablito Naganag were charged with obstruction of justice.

Sued for two counts of murder and one count of planting of evidence were seven officers from Cainta police station led by Lt. Sandro Ortega, four officers from provincial office of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group led by Capt. John Russel Barnacha and 10 operatives of Regional Special Operations Unit led by M/Sgt. Rene Eufracio.

Investigation and forensic examination concluded that the incident was a rubout and not a shootout as claimed by the police officers.

“The concerted acts of the above police officers, before, during and after the death of (Santillan and Casing), indubitably show causal relation, thus pointing to a joint purpose, a unity of action and a community of interest – to kill Santillan and Casing,” the complaint read.

The NBI stressed that “Santillan and Casing were continuously fired upon by surrounding heavily armed police officers resulting in multiple gunshot wounds to the different parts of their bodies, which caused their deaths.”