‘We’re sorry’


Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - Div­ina M. Su­son Cor­re­spon­dent

TUBOD, LANAO DEL NORTE – Baby Rex June was sup­posed to have his first vac­ci­na­tion shot, ac­cord­ing to health work­ers in this town.

In­stead, Baby Rex June is in a small cas­ket, killed in a bloody po­lice op­er­a­tion at 4 in the morn­ing last Septem­ber 11 at their res­i­dence in Barangay Tagu­ranao here.

Baby Rex June is five months old and he is ly­ing at the house of his un­cle, his small cas­ket lined up with the coffins of his mother, 35 year-old Vir­ginia Delibo, and his fa­ther, 32 year-old Be­bino Laride, the tar­get of the op­er­a­tion.

“Gi­dala siya sa iyang mama, for the first time, para mabaku­na­han didto sa health cen­ter. Wala pa gyud siyay bakuna sukad. Nin­dot kaayo nga bata, tam­bok, cute kaayo,” said Lovely Alan­droque, a health worker.

Delibo, live-in part­ner of Laride, is also sched­uled to have her first pre-natal. She un­der­went a preg­nancy test at a friend’s house which ini­tially re­vealed that she was car­ry­ing a baby in her womb.

“Gi­pa­ba­lik namo siya karong ad­lawa unta sa health cen­ter para among ma-check up kung bun­tis pa gyud siya. Posi­ble nga ang babaye mabun­tis bisan lima pa ka bu­lan ang iyang unang gi-anak,” Alan­droque said.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice au­thor­i­ties, el­e­ments of the Tubod Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion were sup­posed to serve a war­rant of ar­rest for Be­bino for a frus­trated mur­der but the sus­pect sup­pos­edly opened fire on the po­lice­men.

The po­lice­men, mem­bers of the town’s Spe­cial Weapons and Tac­tics (SWAT) team, re­port­edly fired back which led to the deaths of the sus­pect, Delibo, and their 5-month old son ly­ing be­side them.

A po­lice af­ter-in­ci­dent re­port signed by Po­lice Se­nior In­spec­tor Roland Donor, Tubod MPS chief of po­lice, re­lates that the mother and son were hit by stray bul­lets.

One lead scout, PO1 Yasser Ma­cat­bar of Lanao del Norte SWAT, was wounded on his left leg dur­ing the ex­change of gun fire.

Ma­cat­bar is now out of dan­ger and un­der­go­ing treat­ment at a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in Ili­gan City.

PNP’s Scene of the Crime Op­er­a­tives (SOCO) re­cov­ered from the scene Laride’s M2 car­bine with one steel mag­a­zine loaded with seven car­tridges , ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

Au­thor­i­ties also re­cov­ered from the scene eight pieces of fired car­tridge cases be­lieved to be for car­bine .22 ri­fle.

But the same po­lice re­port did not state how many empty shells were re­cov­ered from the crime scene but Jo­ce­lyn Laride, older sis­ter of Be­bino, said her brother had 37 gun­shot wounds while Delibo had 12 as re­layed to them by the morgue per­son­nel.

Baby Laride had a wound on his butt that seem to have ex­ited to his gen­i­talia area.

Mean­while, the Laride Fam­ily is call­ing for jus­tice.

Jo­ce­lyn said her brother’s frus­trated mur­der case was al­ready dis­missed by the court last Au­gust 22.

“Sakit kaayo sa amoa nga in­gon ani ang gibuhat sa mga pulis sa akong ig­soon. Imbes nan­ingkamot gyud mi nga ma­sul­bad ang iyang pam­ilya, ma-set­tle sila sa iyang nasad-an, kay gusto na niya nga ma­muyo na siya kauban sa iyang pamimlya nga dili na mag­tago-tago, tun­god sa iyang anak. Gi­damay pa sa mga pulis ang gamay’ng bata,” Jo­ce­lyn said.

Jo­ce­lyn said they are ask­ing Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to in­ter­vene so that a fair jus­tice can be given to the fam­ily of her brother.

“Pres­i­dente, malo-oy ka, hatagi og hus­tisya ang akong ig­soon kay looy kaayo iyang pam­ilya, gi­hurot gyud siya. Wala gyuy kalooy ang mga pulis nga naghimo ani,” she said.

In a press brief­ing, Po­lice Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Leopoldo Ca­banag, pro­vin­cial di­rec­tor of Lanao del Norte Po­lice Of­fice, said they are sorry for the two un­nec­es­sary deaths.

Ca­banag said main­tained the op­er­a­tion was not a mas­sacre but ad­mit­ted that the op­er­at­ing team was there to serve war­rant of ar­rest for cer­tain Junel Laride, brother of Be­bino.

“He is re­port­edly nan­dun palagi nag-stay sa ba­hay na iyon. In the pur­suit sa ka­p­atid niya na si Junel Laride na re­port­edly present palagi sa ba­hay nay un at dur­ing that par­tic­u­lar time ay nan­dun daw kaaya nag-con­duct ng po­lice op­er­a­tion ang pulis ng Tubod MPS,” Ca­banag said. Junel Laride is at-large. “Hindi to­toong bru­tal ang pangya­yari, walang pulis na gagawa noon, hindi sinasadya ang pangya­yari. Ang op­er­a­tion natin ay le­git­i­mate,” he added.

Re­porters vis­ited the crime scene and saw a shanty whose wooden walls and bam­boo floors were rid­dled with bul­let holes.

A res­i­dent who guided re­porters to the scene said a po­lice­man or po­lice­men may have fired from un­der the floor where an empty shell of M16 ri­fle was found.

Ca­banag said, eight po­lice per­son­nel of Tubod MPS are now un­der re­stric­tive cus­tody in­clud­ing the chief of po­lice.

“Humingi ako ng ka­p­atawaran sa pub­liko. Hindi sinasadya ang nang­yari,sana maintindi­han ng pub­liko,” Ca­banag said in a press con­fer­ence.

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