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Cop who killed Marinduque farmer faces murder, administrative complaints

Jairo Bolledo
Cop who killed Marinduque farmer faces murder, administrative complaints

KILLED. Family of Alberto Delos Reyes calling for justice for his death.

Screenshot from the video of Alberto Delos Reyes' family

The Internal Affairs Service of the Marinduque police is also in the pre-charge investigation phase of the case

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said on Tuesday, August 24, that the cop who killed a farmer in Marinduque is now facing murder and administrative complaints.

The PNP chief said that a murder complaint was filed by the family of Alberto Delos Reyes, who was killed by Police Corporal Jay Anthony Custodio. Aside from this, an administrative complaint was also filed against Custodio and Police Lieutenant Marson Lontoc, the former officer-in-charge of the Buenavista municipal police . 

According to the police report, Delos Reyes was allegedly shot dead by Custodio during an alleged anti-illegal logging operation in Buenavista, Marinduque. The PNP added that the victim’s family said that Delos Reyes’ 10-year-old son witnessed the crime. 

The cop said he shot Delos Reyes in self-defense, adding that he did not intend to kill the farmer, but just to stop him from swinging his jungle bolo. 

Amid the complaints, the cop was just relieved and reassigned to the Marinduque Provincial Police Office. He is under restrictive custody. 

Eleazar said the investigation is ongoing and the Marinduque police Internal Affairs Service (IAS) is currently at the pre-charge investigation phase. In this stage, all evidence provided by the complainant will be examined by the IAS. 

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Jairo Bolledo

Jairo Bolledo is a multimedia reporter at Rappler covering the police, crime, military, and security.