THE Department of Justice subpoenaed 23 police officers to answer charges linking them to the murder of former Biliran congressman Glenn Chong’s aide last December in Cainta, Rizal
“Subpoenas have been issued to the respondents,” said Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Alexander Suarez, who has been assigned to handle the case.
The respondent-lawmen were asked to appear during preliminary investigation this coming Thursday, and to file their counter-affidavits.
Last May 17, the National Bureau of Investigation filed before the DoJ criminal complaints over the killing of Richard Santillan and his female companion Gessamyn Casing in Bgy. San Andres in Cainta, Rizal.
The NBI named as respondents for obstruction of justice Calabarzon police regional director Brig. Gen. Edward Carranza, Rizal provincial director Col. Lou Evangelista. and Cainta police chief Lt. Col. Pablito Naganag.
Two counts of murder and one count of planting of evidence were filed against seven officers from the 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 the Regional Special Operations Unit led by M/Sgt. Rene Eufracio.
After an investigation, the NBI concluded that the incident was a rubout and not a shootout as claimed by the police officers.