19 cops face re­lief over Cainta shoot­ing

The Philippine Star - - NATION - By ED AMOROSO

CAMP VI­CENTE LIM, La­guna – Nine­teen mem­bers of the Cal­abar­zon (Cavite, La­guna, Batan­gas, Rizal and Que­zon) po­lice are fac­ing dis­missal in con­nec­tion with a shoot­ing in­ci­dent in Cainta, which killed an aide of a se­na­to­rial as­pi­rant and a woman.

Senior Su­per­in­ten­dent Jose Rayco, chief of the Cal­abar­zon po­lice in­ter­nal af­fairs ser­vice, re­fused to name the of­fi­cers pend­ing re­sults of an on­go­ing sum­mary dis­missal hear­ing.

The of­fi­cers were tagged in the killing of Richard San­til­lan, a se­cu­rity aide of se­na­to­rial as­pi­rant and lawyer Glenn Chong, and his al­leged girl­friend Gess­mayn Cas­ing dur­ing a pur­ported en­counter in Cainta on Dec. 10.

Cit­ing re­sults of a probe con­ducted by the pre-charge eval­u­a­tion divi­sion of the re­gional po­lice, Rayco said there was prob­a­ble cause for a case of grave mis­con­duct filed against the po­lice of­fi­cers.

The pre-charge eval­u­a­tion divi­sion rec­om­mended the dis­misal of the po­lice of­fi­cers.

“The dis­missal hear­ing is still on­go­ing. We are still await­ing the re­sult of the probe con­ducted by the sum­mary hear­ing of­fi­cer,” Rayco said.

The Cal­abar­zon po­lice ear­lier said the Cainta op­er­a­tion was le­git­i­mate and prop­erly con­ducted with the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Mean­while, Senior Su­per­in­ten­dent Lou Evan­ge­lista, Rizal po­lice direc­tor, has been re­in­stated in his post.

Evan­ge­lista, Cainta po­lice chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Pablito Na­ganap and 17 other of­fi­cers were re­lieved ear­lier to en­sure an im­par­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the in­ci­dent.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ed­ward Car­ranza, Cal­abar­zon po­lice direc­tor, said Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice Chief Direc­tor Gen­eral Os­car Al­bay­alde or­dered Evan­ge­lista’s re­in­state­ment.

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