50 cops asked to submit statements on Ozamiz raid

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 08 2017 08:45 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) is requiring about 50 officers involved in the controversial Ozamiz operation, including top Ozamiz City police official Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido, to submit a written statement recounting the July 30 incident that left 16 people dead including Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog. 

"Kailangan impartial po ang investigation, both sides ng biktima at personnel na nako-conduct ng investigation. Kailangan makunan ng statement both sides at kailangan makuha ang video para ma-evaluate natin kung merong pag-labag ng krimen," said IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo. 

Triambulo said IAS has initiated an investigation. 

"Sa daming namatay, sa daming na-involve na PNP personnel, premature ka ngayon, kailangan makuha muna ang mga kukunin. Gumawa na kami ng case investigation plan para maplano namin kung ano ang gagawin, anong approach sa pag-imbestiga, sino ang iimbestigahan, sino ang tatanungin, anong report o document o mga bagay na dapat na ma-examine," he said. 

The PNP-IAS is also asking for a sworn statement from Ozamiz Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog and her brother who are still both held in the PNP Custodial Center. 

"Hindi pa kami makapagbigay ng timeframe, lalo na dito sa panig ng mga Parojinog. Kami po ay nagne-negotiate pa sa kanilang mga lawyer para mapaliwanagan ang kanilang testigo, ano pa ang kanilang ire-reveal na impormasyon," Triambulo added. 

Meanwhile, the PNP-IAS is also coordinating with lawyers of the Parojinogs to allow witnesses to give their written statements.

"Sa side ng biktima at witnesses, may instruction ako sa aking mga imbestigador na kausapin ang mga lawyer. Para makuha natin ang panig ng mga biktima at kanilang mga witnesses para makakuha ng impormasyon," Triambulo said. 

Results of the PNP Crime Laboratory autopsy and Scene of the Crime Operatives reports would also be crucial in the investigation, police said. 

Submitted statements must match lab reports in order to be admitted as evidence. 

PNP-IAS will then cross check all lab results against statements submitted by the PNP and witnesses presented by the Parojinogs.

"Ang laboratory results, makakatulong po 'yon sa pag-conduct ng investigation. Ang ebidensiya ang magsasabi kung ano 'yung katotohanan. Meron tayong tatlong ebidensiya: documentary, object and testimonial," Triambulo said.