Lobregat orders deep probe on cop rampage PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 July 2011 16:59

Mayor Celso Lobregat has ordered a thorough investigation on the Tuesday’s shooting incident at a safehouse of the Department of Justice in Tetuan stressing that the case should not be considered as ‘just a simple case solved or case finished.’

Lobregat said the investigation should focus on the          circumstances that led a policeman to kill his fellow law enforcer and a civilian that the latter was guarding under the Witness Protection Program of the Department of Justice (DOJ. Another case civilian-witness was also wounded and is undergoing treatment of serious injuries suffered during the incident.

“I instructed the City Police Director to dig deeper into the case because the shooting incident was in a safehouse maintained by the DOJ through its Witness Protection Program and the two civilians are witnesses of a very high profile case which is the Eliseo Hablo kidnapping where the accused are already detained,” the mayor told newsmen covering City Hall.

The mayor admitted that he is not comfortable with the initial findings that personal grudges between PO3 Carmelito Macansantos and the late PO1 Tomas Dauba led to the bloody incident that also killed Marvin Agullana and wounded Mark Ausley—both witnesses in the Hablo kidnapping case.

“There might be other motives really behind this incident. Let us not speculate but let us not also say the case is solved or case is finished. The kidnapping case is still ongoing and one witness is dead and another witness is in critical condition, so what happens if there are no more witnesses, no more case? We will not let this thing just be a simple case solved,” Mayor Lobregat stressed.

On the other hand, the chief executive said there is also a need to review records of policemen assigned as escorts of witnesses in cases including a review of the medical records of law enforcers to ascertain their mental health.  The DOJ through the NBI normally requests for police support in its Witness Protection Program due to lack of personnel.

Police authorities, he said, are supposed to be custodians and protectors of civilians under the Witness Protection Program
Policemen also undergo medical and neurological examinations before entry into the force and so the records also have to be reviewed, the mayor added. — Sheila Covarrubias