The three policemen involved in the killing of a minor during an anti-drug operation in Caloocan City on Wednesday have been relieved from their posts, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar Albayalde said Friday.
In an interview on radio dzBB, Albayalde said the three policemen, along with the commander of the Caloocan City Police Community Precinct (PCP) 7, were immediately relieved on Thursday.
"Unang-una kahapon pa po pagkakita natin sa news diyan ay pina-relieve ko na 'yung tatlong pulis na involved diyan plus the PCP commander immediately 'pag kita po natin," he said.
Albayalde said that he also ordered the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division and PNP-Internal Affairs Service to conduct an investigation on the incident.
"So we expect na magre-report yung tatlo na 'yan plus yung PCP commander dito sa Regional Holding and Accounting Unit natin....at para makapag-conduct ng imbestigasyon yung ating DIDM (Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management) o yung ating Regional Investigation Division in coordination with our IAS," he said.
"Minabuti natin na i-relieve muna 'yung mga involved na pulis para makakuha tayo ng patas na imbestigasyon at hindi nila maimpluwensiya yung paggawa ng imbestigasyon ng ating IAS," Albayalde added.
Authorities claimed that Delos Santos attempted to flee when they were approaching him. Police chased him but the victim allegedly drew a gun and fired at them, forcing them to fire back.
However, a relative of the victim said that this account is not true.
Recovered from Delos Santos were a caliber-.45 and two sachets of suspected shabu. His relatives, however, said the items do not belong to him. —Marlly Rome Bondoc/KBK, GMA News