MANILA – Three policemen named in the death of a pedicab driver during an anti-drug operation in Pasay City attended a probe at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Friday morning.
Police Officer (PO) 1 Benigno Baladjay, PO1 Melford Olorosisimo, and PO1 Jan Isaac presented themselves to the NBI Death Investigation Division to answer questions regarding pedicab driver Eric Sison's death.
Sison was shot by cops while allegedly evading arrest.
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Sison's partner Rachel Bermoy had filed a complaint with the NBI against the police officers. The agency is now conducting its own investigation into the issue.
Pasay Philippine National Police (PNP) Acting Head for Administration, Chief Inspector Joey Goforth said the three officers answered "classificatory questions" stemming from affidavits explaining their side of the story.
According to Baladjay, Olorosisimo, and Isaac, Goforth, a video recording of the incident did not show that the suspect was still aiming his gun at them despite claiming he will surrender.
However, Goforth admitted that 14 gunshot wounds were found on Sison's body.
Authorities are still probing if there was indeed excessive use of force by the three policemen.
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A video of the encounter taken by a bystander showed police cornering Sison in a house where the pedicab driver tried to hide. Sison could be heard saying that he will surrender, prior to the sound of successive gunshots.
Baladjay, Olorosisimo, Isaac, and their superior Police Chief Inspector Oscar Pagulayan were placed in restrictive custody and relieved from duty last week.
The Commission on Human Rights condemned the operation which led to Sison’s death, as he allegedly showed no signs of resistance towards the police. They will also conduct their own probe into the incident.
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