NorMin cops in­ves­ti­gate 3 shoot­ing deaths in Bukid­non

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Topstories - By Al­wen Salir­ing

Au­thor­i­ties are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shoot­ing deaths of three men found at a cliff in Sitio Bagong Si­lang, Mal­it­bog, Bukid­non, Tues­day, who ap­pear to be vic­tims of vig­i­lante-style killing, an al­le­ga­tion that po­lice strongly de­nied.

Vic­tims were iden­ti­fied as Vin­cent Vi­men, 24; Clif­ford Abales, 21; and Don Remar An­dales, 22; all res­i­dents of Vil­lanueva, Misamis Ori­en­tal.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion dis­closed that the vic­tims sus­tained gun­shot wounds on their head by a 9mm cal­iber pis­tol. The vic­tims have a spi­der and BM (Batang Min­danao) 29 tat­too mark­ings on their body.

There were re­ports that the vic­tims were al­legedly in­vited by the Tagoloan po­lice for ques­tion­ing last Sun­day but were even­tu­ally dis­missed. But, the vic­tims failed to re­turn home since then.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are also look­ing into the back­ground of the vic­tims.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Surki Ser­e­nas, spokesper­son of the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-North­ern Min­danao (PRO-10), said the al­leged in­volve­ment of po­lice­men in the killings has to be proven in court.

Ser­e­nas also in­sisted that there is no state-sanc­tioned killing and that the PNP strongly con­demn and do not con­done vig­i­lante-type killing.

“Those are se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions which re­main to be proven in the court of law,”Ser­e­nas said.

How­ever, Ser­e­nas has as­sured the rel­a­tives of the vic­tims that the PNP will re­main im­par­tial and fair and will not get in the way should there be ev­i­dences that would merit the fil­ing of cases against any po­lice per­son­nel.

He also said the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims can bring the is­sue to the court or seek help from other agen­cies such as the Na­tional Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion,

Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights, or Na­tional Po­lice Com­mis­sion.

“The PNP is call­ing on the rel­a­tives of the vic­tims to co­op­er­ate with state in­ves­ti­ga­tors and pros­e­cu­tors. We also of­fer our as­sis­tance to them and as­sure them of our sin­cere de­sire to give jus­tice to the vic­tims. We just have to ap­proach the is­sue in proper fo­rum,”Ser­e­nas said.

Ser­e­nas said in­ves­ti­ga­tors have leads al­ready and need the co­op­er­a­tion of wit­nesses.


SOTTO SPEAKS AT KAPI­HAN. Se­nate Pres­i­dent Vi­cente Sotto III says dur­ing the weekly "Fo­rum sa Kapi­han" at Cafe Adri­atico in Malate, Manila on Wed­nes­day (Novem­ber 7, 2018) that the Se­nate has al­ready passed 32 bills and hopes to pass all pend­ing leg­is­la­tions by Fe­bru­ary next year, in­clud­ing the Uni­ver­sal Health Care Bill and Bud­get Re­form Act. Also in photo is moder­a­tor and colum­nist Marichu Vil­lanueva.

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