DOJ urged to probe prosecutor for downgrading criminal case in Ipil PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 July 2012 13:56

Zamboanga Sibugay  Governor Rommel A. Jalosjos has asked the Department of Justice to investigate the prosecutor of Ipil who downgraded a criminal case from murder to homicide filed against the killer of SPO4 Edwin Ocupe, a High Patrol Group officer, who was gunned down by a traffic violator in Titay last  May 31,2012.

Police the traffic violator, Ric Tuden, was flagged down by Ocupe for having no motorcycle registration and carrying an expired license. 

Investigation disclosed that Tuden asked permission from Ocupe to go home. He came back accompanied by Rolando Tuden and they talked to Ocupe for the release of the motorcycle.      While Ocupe was talking to Rolando Tuden regarding the violation, police said, that Ric Tuden pulled a 9mm pistol and shot Ocupe at the back of his head.

Gov. Jalosjos lamented how come the prosecutor toned down the case from murder to homicide when the killing of Ocupe was well planned.

“This is injustice against the law enforcer. How come the prosecutor did this to the policeman as if he was protecting the criminal. In this case law enforcers in the province are now afraid to pursue any case in the future against lawless elements. The prosecutor is a man of peace and order and how come he seemed to be in favor of the suspect. His act is demoralizing. With his act, people will no longer trust the justice system,” Jalosjos said.

Jalosjos  also called on the leadership of the Highway Patrol Group in Camp Crame to intervene and check the case of the late Ocupe.

“They must question and  file a complaint with the Supreme Court and the Intregrated Bar of the Philippines where the Prosecutor is registered. The  Prosecutor should be the partner for peace and order and justice,” Jalosjos added. — Allen Abastillas