Cop kills 19-year-old in Calamba, Laguna

A policeman shot and killed a 19-year old worker in Calamba, Laguna, over a misunderstanding on Sunday, March 28. 

Leovil Brian Pelletero, a helper in a clothing business, was shot dead in Barangay Canlubang by Police Corporal Javier Ian Medel of the Cabuyao police.

The victim was brought to Global Medical Center but eventually died from a gunshot wound in his stomach. 

Medel had already surrendered to Calamba City police and is currently detained, city police chief Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Villamor confirmed.

According to the initial investigation, Pelletero and Medel were drinking alcohol together on Sunday when the two got into an altercation. The incident ended with Medel shooting Pelletero.

Pelletero’s remains are still in the funeral home while his family looks for means to give him proper burial. 

His family also calls for justice over the killing. 

Binaril niya agad. Kaunting pagkakamali papatayin niya agad (He shot him immediately. He killed him right away over a simple mistake),” said Princess*, cousin of Pelletero, in a message to Rappler.

Pelletero was survived by his one-year old child and his 18-year old partner. 

On the same day, labor leader Dandy Miguel was shot dead while riding his motorcycle in the same barangay by an unidentified assailant around 8:45 pm. –

*name withheld for privacy