MANILA, Philippines -- Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim insisted that gun-grabbing incidents where suspects end up dead while in the custody of the Manila Police District (MPD) are merely coincidences.
"Coincidence lang 'yun. Walang pattern diyan, I assure the public," he said in an interview with radio dzMM on Saturday.
On Friday, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) criticized the MPD for yet another shooting and killing of a suspect who allegedly tried to grab the gun of one of the police escorts.
Nestor Delizalde Jr. was the suspect in the killings of Banco de Oro executiven Evelyn Tan, her mother Teresa and their household helper Cristina Bartolay in their house in Sta. Cruz, Manila last November 11.
CHR Chairperson Etta Rosales said, “Ang dalas-dalas na niyan sa Maynila kaya naghihinala na ako na sobrang napakahina...kasi kung totoo ‘yan na nangaagaw ng baril itong mga suspects eh nangangahulugan lang na napaka-incompetent ng ating mga kapulisan."
“Bakit dito lang sa Maynila nangyayari yan? Kaya naghihinala na ako na either kulang na kulang talaga ang training sa kanila or its an unwritten policy na pinababayaan na lamang in which case talagang masasabi kong gross violation of human rights ito,” she added.
Lim said that before Rosales criticizes the MPD, she should first wait for the results of the investigation regarding the incident.
The mayor also said that he was even the one who ordered for the investigation of the case. He said that if proven guilty, the police escorts will be charged with an administrative case for negligence.
"Bago tayo mag-condemn sa isang pangyayari, eh mag-imbestiga muna tayo. Kung may lalabas na testigo kontra sa pulis, eh ako mismo chacharge-an ko sila."
He believes, however, that the police were just protecting themselves.
Lim said, "Pagtatanggol sa sarili, dahil desperate 'yung tao (Delizalde) eh. Kailangan ang mga pulis not only protect the suspect but protect themselves."