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Rights group files murder complaint vs 19 cops in Jemboy Baltazar’s killing

Jairo Bolledo

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Rights group files murder complaint vs 19 cops in Jemboy Baltazar’s killing

MURDER COMPLAINT. The family of Jemboy Baltazar and rights group IDEALS file a murder complaint on August 29, against the cops tagged in the killing of the teen.

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Unlike the initial complaint filed against the police involved, murder carries a heavier penalty of reclusion perpetua or up to 40 years in prison

MANILA, Philippines – Human rights group IDEALS filed a murder complaint against 19 cops tagged in the killing 17-year-old Jerhode Jemboy Baltazar, the teen slain by Navotas cops earlier in August.

Rights group files murder complaint vs 19 cops in Jemboy Baltazar’s killing

In a press briefer on Tuesday, August 29, the group announced that it filed the complaint with the Navotas City prosecutor’s office. Jessie, the teen’s father, was named the complainant. Meanwhile, below are the names of the 19 cops facing complaints:

  • Police Captain (PCPT.) Mark Joseph Carpio
  • PCPT. Luisito dela Cruz
  • Police Executive Master Sergeant (PEMS) Roberto Balais
  • PEMS Jose Elizalde Oriendo
  • Police Staff Sergeant (PSSg.) Gerry Maliban
  • PSSg. Antonio Bugayong
  • PSSg. Nikko Pines Esquilon
  • PSSg. Rondell Sauza
  • PSSg. Johnvir Tagacay
  • PSSg. Melvin Napay
  • PSSg. Mervin Villanueva
  • PSSg. Rolan Orbita
  • PSSg. Kenneth Amangan
  • PSSg. Jorge Boco Jr.
  • PSSg. Ever Layco
  • Police Corporal (PCpl.) Edward Jade Blanco
  • PCpl. Aldrin Pascual
  • PCpl. Mark Joseph Quillan
  • Patrolman Benedict Mangada

On August 2, Navotas cops killed Jemboy while the teen and his friend were cleaning their fishing boat in a river near their home. Jemboy sustained gunshot wounds in the head and hand, and fell into river, according to his family.

Balais, Bugayong, Maliban, Esquilon, Blanco, and Mangada already face a reckless imprudence resulting in homicide complaint, on top of the new murder complaint. They were initially held under custody, but were released for further investigation. Meanwhile, other cops already face administrative charges.

In filing the complaint, IDEALS “asserted that they should have been charged for murder instead.”

“Kailangang panagutin ang mga kapulisang sangkot sa krimen at pang-aabusong ginawa sa isang inosenteng biktima. Let’s end the cycle of impunity (The cops tagged in the crime should be held accountable for ther violence against the innocent victim),” said lawyer Ansheline Bacudio, IDEALS human rights program manager and counsel for the victim’s family, said.

Ang amin pong panawagan: ilabas na po nila ang mga dokumentong lalong magbibigay-linaw sa totoong nangyari,” Bacudio added. “Kung sinsero po ang kagustuhan nilang ituwid ang mga kamalian sa kanilang ranggo, umaasa po kami na makikipagtulungan po sila sa amin sa usaping ito.”

(Our demand, the police should make public the document that will clear things out. If they are really sincere in correcting this problem among their ranks, we are hoping that they will cooperate with us in this concern.)

Unlike the reckless imprudence complaint, murder carries a heavier penalty. If proven guilty of murder, a person can face the penalty of reclusion perpetua or 20 years and one day, or up to 40 years in prison.

Jemboy was among the two teen killed by the police in August alone. On August 20, PCpl. Arnulfo Sabillo killed 15-year-old John Frances Ompad in Rodriguez, Rizal. – Rappler.com

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Jairo Bolledo

Jairo Bolledo is a multimedia reporter at Rappler covering justice, police, and crime.