MANILA, Philippines – The death is now a killing.
After announcing that he died from shortness of breath, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) now believes that Genesis Argoncillo was killed by his fellow detainees during his 4-day detention at the QCPD Station 4.
This was announced by the city’s top cop Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel in a press conference on Friday, June 2, adding that they will file murder charges against at least two detainees who shared their congested cell with Argoncillo.
They are Richard Bautista and Justin Mercado, both identified as members of a certain Sputnik Gang. They allegedly pummeled Argoncillo after he supposedly kept running around inside the congested cell, disturbing other inmates.
Quezon City cops earlier reported that when Argoncillo was brought to the Novaliches District Hospital, the attending physician, a certain Jethiel Fabon, said Argoncillo’s body bore no signs of external injuries.
Photos and the death certificate of Argoncillo show, however, that he was indeed beaten to death, as his body was covered in bruises before it was embalmed. (EXCLUSIVE: Photos, death certificate show Genesis ‘Tisoy’ Argoncillo beaten to death)
For a speedy solution, Esquivel has ordered the QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit to investigate other detainees, the policemen on duty during the mauling, and irregularities in testimonies and documents that have to do with Argoncillo’s killing.
Argoncillo is the 5th detainee to die under police custody in the past month, arrested on June 15 for “alarm and scandal” as the police adopted an anti-“tambay” drive ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte. – Rappler.com