LUCENA City -- The Quezon Police Provincial Office (QPPO) has relieved the four policemen involved in the alleged foiled extra-judicial killing (EJK) that took place last November 1 in Agdangan, Quezon.
Aside from the four policemen, Quezon police director Senior Supt. Osmundo de Guzman also ordered the relief of their commander, Insp. Wilson Mansion, effective yesterday.
De Guzman said Mansion was temporarily assigned at Provincial Holding Admin Section (PHAS) at the QPPO Headquarters in Camp Guillermo Nakar, together with his personnel, SPO4 Wilson Villegas, SPO3 Noel Malabayabas, SPO2 Bryan Nobo and PO2 Jaymhar Espedido.
But De Guzman, who just finished attending a three-week Provincial Directors Qualification Course at Camp Crame, Quezon City, said the relief of the policemen was not a punishment.
“Its purpose is to pave way for a smooth investigation now being conducted by the Provincial Investigation and Management Branch under Chief Insp. William Angway.
Aside from the PNP, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Quezon is also doing a separate investigation on the case on requests of the family of alleged EJK survivor Roger Herrero.
In his statement to NBI probers, Herrero, 27, pedicab driver and resident of Poblacion 1, Agdangan, identified PO2 Espedido as the one who shot him in the face on the night of November 1 in Bgy. Lakip, in the adjacent town of Atimonan.
Prior to the shooting, Herrero disclosed that he was accosted and handcuffed by Espedido and three other policemen at Bgy. Silangang Calutan, Agdangan, at 9:30 p.m. aboard a black car and was brought to Bgy. Lakip, near the boundaries of the two towns, at around 11 p.m. where he was eventually shot by Espedido.
But Mansion maintained that what happened was a legitimate police operation and that his men had only responded in a holdup incident in Bgy. Binagbag, Agdangan, being reported by a concerned citizen.
Mansion said the holdup victim, Rommel Supilinas, 34, told police that he was driving his motorcycle along national road on his way to this city when he was blocked and held up by Herrero and his companion riding on another motorcycle.
He claimed that the four policemen immediately conducted a pursuit operation until they spotted the two suspects standing along the road shoulder where a shootout eventually ensued, prompting the suspects to flee.
De Guzman assured the public that appropriate criminal and administrative charges will be recommended for filing against the policemen once proven in the investigation that they have committed wrongdoing.