CA clears policemen in 2008 Parañaque shootout

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

THE Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed the dismissal of murder charges against 17 policemen in connection with the 2008 Parañaque shootout that killed 16 people, including a father and his daughter.

They are Police Superintendent Jonathan Calixto, Police Chief Inspector Hermogenes Cabe, Police Senior Inspector Abraham Abayari, Police Inspector Erikson Roranes, Police Inspector Ludivico Cordova, Police Officer 1 James Yodong, PO1 Allan Apil, PO1 Efren Angcuan, PO1 Lloyd Bulayungan, PO1 Nemesio Gano, PO3 Hagar Torres, PO3 Jericho Otaboy, PO3 Guilbert Lopez, PO3 Felix Base, PO3 Eugene Papatew, PO3 Policarpio Jose, Jr., and PO1 Sherwin Maybanting.

In its decision, the CA Special Seventh Division said it found no basis to overturn the June 16, 2010 ruling of Parañaque City Regional Trial Court branch 260 Judge Jaime Guray as sought by Lilian de Vera, whose husband Alfonso de Vera and daughter Lia died in the incident.

"The testimonies are bereft of any convincing proof that private respondents or any of them was the one who shot and killed the victims," the CA said, noting witnesses Ronald Castillo and Hilario Indiana failed to recognize the persons who killed the victims.

There was also no proof that the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force members conspired with their colleagues in the Highway Patrol Group to do the crime.

De Vera claimed that the policemen violated the rules of engagement when they shot her husband and daughter to death on December 5, 2008 while trying to chase members of the Waray-Waray Ozamis robbery syndicate at the United Parañaque Subdivision 4 along West Service Road.

She said the police might have mistaken their van carrying her husband and daughter for one of the getaway cars of the syndicate.

The victims were supposed to meet de Vera in Pasay City for a late snack when the incident happened. (Sunnex)

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