Cop 'kills self' after motorcyclist's death
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – One of two policemen accused of murdering a motorcycle rider allegedly committed suicide on Saturday, August 27.
Highway Patrol Group (HPG) Chief Superintendent Antonio Gardiola Jr confirmed this in an interview with dzBB on Saturday.
In another interview tweeted by dzBB, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said he received the same information.
Police Officer 3 Jeremiah de Villa allegedly jumped from the 3rd floor of the Philippine National Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG) headquarters in Camp Crame.
De Villa reportedly died at around 9:45 am on Saturday.
The policeman was under restrictive custody at the headquarters of the PNP’s Highway Patrol Group.
Gardiola said De Villa might have killed himself because of the case he is facing, according to dzMM. De Villa might have been affected by his public image after the case, Gardiola said.
De Villa and Police Officer 2 Jonjie Manon-og have been tagged in the death of motorcycle rider John dela Riarte.
De Villa and Manon-og claimed that Dela Riarte "twice attempted to snatch their firearms" after he was accosted, the Inquirer reported.
The Inquirer said in another report that Dela Riarte "was arrested last July 29 after he figured in a road altercation with another motorist, Eric Fajardo." Dela Riarte "was handcuffed and supposed to be taken to Camp Crame but was shot along the way," the report said. – Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler.com