Mindanao Times

Cops welcomes probe on girl’s death in bust


MANILA -- The Philippine National Police ( PNP) on Friday welcomed the Commission on Human Rights’ ( CHR) call for a full investigat­ion into the “collateral damage” incurred in police operations in Rodriguez, Rizal that resulted in the death of four persons, including a threeyear-old girl.

PNP spokespers­on, Col. Bernard Banac said such investigat­ion would help them determine all circumstan­ces surroundin­g “that fateful encounter that claimed four human lives”.

“That is precisely the reason why all police operatives who were involved in that operation had been placed on administra­tive relief to preclude undue influence in the inquiry,” Banac told reporters when sought for a comment.

Banac, meanwhile, responded by saying that those proven to kill intentiona­lly will be subject to laws, “while on the side of the law, must observe rigid rules of engagement”.

“From Day 1 of this national campaign against illegal drugs, government has declared war versus drug syndicates and all those involved in the illegal drug trade,” he added.

Last June 29, a threeyear-old girl, Myka Ulpina, was caught in a crossfire during police operations against suspected drug

pushers in Rodriguez, Rizal.

Ulpina was among the four fatalities during the operations, along with Senior Master Sgt. Conrad Cabigao, the girl’s father

Renato Dolorfina and an unidentifi­ed companion.

Meanwhile, Col. Resty Damaso, chief of police of Rodriguez, Rizal and 19 other cops were relieved from their posts following the operation.

The 20 policemen have been placed under the personnel and holding unit of the Rizal Provincial Police Office while investigat­ion is ongoing.

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