SENIOR Superintendent Lou Evangelista yesterday returned to his post a month after he was relieved following a reported shootout between officers and suspected members of a crime gang in the province which left an aide of a former lawmaker and his girlfriend dead.
Evangelista’s brief replacement, Sr. Supt. Dionisio Bartolome, was designated as new Palawan Police Provincial Office director.
Evangelista, a graduate of the Philippine National Police Academy, was relieved as Rizal police director in the aftermath of a police operation against suspected members of the “Highway Boys” which killed Richard Santillan, a driver-aide of former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong.
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident, which the Police Regional Office 4-A said was a legitimate police operation to arrest members of the “Highway Boys” involved in robbery-holdup, gun-for-hire and illegal drug activities in Rizal province and the nearby areas.
However, forensic experts of the Public Attorney’s Office found indications that Santillan was tortured before the alleged shootout that also killed his female companion.