Newbie cop beats Manila city hall employee to death

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 29 2012 10:26 AM | Updated as of Mar 29 2012 09:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities are now hunting a police officer and his father who beat a Manila city hall employee to death.

The victim, identified as Leopoldo dela Cruz, was beaten to death by Police Officer 1 (PO1) Reynold Lopez and his father Rafael along Fabia Street in Tondo, following a heated argument.

Lani Caparas, dela Cruz’s granddaughter, said the suspects repeatedly hit the victim’s head with a gun and also slammed it against the wall.

Caparas said dela Cruz, a driver and a mechanic at the city hall, slipped into a coma after suffering from brain hemorrhage. His skull also got fractured.

Lopez was a member of the Motorized Anti-Street Crime Operatives of the Pasig Police which fights off “riding-in-tandem” criminals.

He is now in hiding with his father. – report from Noel Alamar, dzMM