Mother sues Calabarzon cops: ‘Police murdered my 3-year-old girl’

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Mother sues Calabarzon cops: ‘Police murdered my 3-year-old girl’


The mother of Myca Ulpina says her daughter and her husband were sleeping when they were killed by cops

MANILA, Philippines – The mother of 3-year-old Myca Ulpina accused Rizal province cops on Thursday, October 17, of murder and obstruction of justice for killing her daughter.

The mother, who refused to be identified for safety reasons, filed murder and obstruction of justice charges with the Office of the Ombudsman against a total of 39 police personnel of Rodriguez, Rizal and cops from the Calabarzon regional police office. 

The mother also filed administrative complaints of gross misconduct, grave abuse of authority, and conduct unbecoming of a public official against the same cops.

She was represented by lawyers from the Metro Manila chapter of the National Union of People’s Lawyers or NUPL.

Remember the operation: On June 29, police reported that they launched a buy-bust against Myca’s father, Renato Ulpina. Instead of surrendering, though, Ulpina supposedly resisted arrest, fired his gun at the cops, and used his daughter as a “human shield.”

Myca Ulpina was injured in the crossfire and rushed to a hospital, where she died the next day. Renato also died in the incident.

What the mother saw: Myca’s mother, however, disputed the police’s narrative, saying that Renato loved their daughter dearly.

She said the police operation happened when they were asleep, and that her partner and her daughter were defenseless when killed.

Senator Risa Hontiveros has called for a Senate investigation, but this has been unacted upon by the Senate justice and human rights committee chairman Senator Ronald dela Rosa—a former police chief. –

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.