Cops in Tubod op­er­a­tion re­lieved, to face probe

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

The po­lice­men in­volved in the deadly op­er­a­tion that killed a sus­pect, the sus­pect’s com­mon-law wife, and their 5-month old son in Tubod, Lanao del Norte have all been or­dered re­lieved.

Or­dered re­lieved from their posts are eight mem­bers of the mu­nic­i­pal Spe­cial Weapons and Tac­tics (SWAT) team in­clud­ing two SWAT of­fi­cers and the Tubod town po­lice chief, Se­nior In­spec­tor Roland Donor.

All will un­dergo ques­tion­ing by the Po­lice In­ter­nal Af­fairs Ser­vice (RIAS).

The 8-mem­ber SWAT team were sup­posed to serve two ar­rest war­rants in Purok 6, Tagu­ranao vil­lage Mon­day dawn, Septem­ber 11, but the po­lice op­er­a­tion turned bloody which re­sulted to the killing of sus­pect Bevino Laride, his part­ner Vir­ginia Delibo who is 3 months preg­nant, and the cou­ple’s 5 mon­thold baby.

Po­lice in­sist Laride fought back and shot at the po­lice­men which wounded Po­lice Of­fi­cer 1 (PO1) Yasser Ma­cat­bar and that they were not aware that Delibo had his 5 month-old baby inside.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Le­muel Gonda, spokesper­son of the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-North­ern Min­danao (PRO10), said the re­lief of the po­lice­men took ef­fect on Septem­ber 11.

The po­lice­men have all been placed un­der re­stric­tive cus­tody at the Per­son­nel Hold­ing and Ac­count­ing Sec­tion (PHAS) of the Lanao del Norte Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice.

Chief In­spec­tor Arnold Lao re­placed Donor as of­fi­cer-in-charge of the Tubod town po­lice.

The RIAS im­me­di­ately launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on Septem­ber 12.

Gonda said the probe will fo­cus on how the op­er­a­tives car­ried out the op­er­a­tion.

Lawyer Robert Lou Elango, chair­man of the Po­lice Re­gional Ap­pel­late Board of the Na­tional Po­lice Com­mis­sion-North­ern Min­danao (Napol­com-10), said they will mon­i­tor the progress of the RIAS.

“Para walay over­lap­ping, mag mon­i­tor mi sa progress sa in­ves­ti­ga­tion sa RIAS,” Elango said.

Elango said the probe aims to check how the op­er­at­ing team ob­served the rules of en­gage­ment and fol­lowed es­tab­lished op­er­a­tional pro­ce­dures.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion will also ver­ify

the ne­ces­sity and rea­son­able­ness of force em­ployed by the po­lice­men.

“Tan-awon mana nato ang over-all cir­cum­stances para ma-as­sess kung jus­ti­fi­able ba ang gi­hi­mong re­ac­tion sa mga po­lice,” Elango said.

“Kung tan-awon nato sa rules ang max­i­mum nga sanc­tion is dis­missal kung ma­p­atud-an nga dunay sayop sa gi­himo sa mga po­lice kay se­ri­ous and grave mis­con­duct mana,” Elango added.

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