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Cop caught on video firing gun before placing it beside body of slain drug suspect


An amateur video has caught a policeman in Bukidnon firing a gun three times before putting it beside the body of a slain drug suspect, according to a Saksi report on Monday.

The incident reportedly took place in Valencia City on February 20.

The suspect was killed after he allegedly fought it out with arresting policemen during a buy-bust operation.

According to the police, three spent slugs were found in the crime scene.

The report said Police Regional Office 10 insists that the suspect had resisted arrest and fired at the policemen. It said the policeman on the video fired the weapon out of frustration.

The report also said the policeman on the video died five days after the buy-bust operation after he figured in an accident.

A separate report by GMA Regional TV "One Mindanao" identified the policeman as Police Corporal Benzon Gonzales while the slain drug suspect was identified as Pol Estañol.

Police Captain Francisco Sabud, spokesperson for PRO-10, said they will determine the authenticity of the video that has since gone viral on social media. He also said they will not condone police officers if ever there were irregularities in the buy-bust operation. 

No less than Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has reported to the United Nations Human Rights Council that many of the weapons of the suspects killed in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs have been left unexamined by authorities.

In his speech to the UNHRC in late February, Guevarra said that the inter-agency task group formed to look into the killings confirmed that many of the suspects resisted arrest or tried to draw their guns on government agents.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has formed a panel to look into the "essential issues" in its anti-drug operations that Guevarra raised before the UNHRC. —KBK, GMA News

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