The Philippine National Police (PNP) said administrative cases have been filed against the cops involved in the killing of Calbayog City, Samar Mayor Ronaldo Aquino.
According to the PNP Public Information Office, the PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS) filed the cases on June 9, 2021 against the following:
- Police Lieutenant Colonel Harry Sucayre
- Police Major Shyrille Tan
- Police Captain Dino Goles
- Police Lieutenant Julio Salcedo Armeza Jr
- Police Staff Sergeant Niel Cebu
- Police Staff Sergeant Edsel Omega
- Patrolman Niño Salem
- Patrolman Julius Garcia
- Patrolman Randy Merelos
On March 8, Aquino died in an ambush at around 5 pm in Barangay Lonoy.
Initially, the police reports said that unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants shot the victim along with his two bodyguards. But a day after the incident, the PNP clarified that Aquino had died in a so-called shootout.
On top of the administrative cases, the cops are also facing murder and frustrated murder complaints filed by the National Bureau of Investigation, which conducted an independent investigation into the incident.
PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar vowed on June 11 that there will be no cover-up for the erring cops tagged in the incident.
Since 2011, Aquino is the second mayor of Calbayog City to be killed after the assassination of former mayor Reynaldo Uy. – Rappler.com