MANILA - Investigators have yet to prove that 2 victims of a deadly shooting incident in Mandaluyong fired at authorities even after they tested positive for gunpowder nitrates, the Metro Manila police said Tuesday.
Policemen and village guards fired at a white Mitsubishi Adventure on Shaw Boulevard late Thursday thinking it was the getaway vehicle of a shooting suspect. The vehicle, however, was transporting a woman who was shot at a construction site while pacifying an altercation involving her live-in partner.
The woman, Jonalyn Amba-an, and a companion died in the incident. She and another passenger of the AUV tested positive in a paraffin test.
"Hindi naman po natin sinasabi na nagpaputok sila doon at nag-retaliate doon sa mga pulis sa may Shaw Boulevard," Director Oscar Albayalde, head of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), told DZMM.
(We are not saying that they fired and the police only retaliated along Shaw Boulevard.)
"Tinitingnan natin kung ano talaga ang nangyari sa kanila sa may Barangay Addition Hills... Probably doon po talaga sila nagkagulo. Puwede pong nagkaputukan sila ng baril," he added.
(We are still investigating what really happened in the earlier incident in Barangay Addition Hills. They probably fought there and exchanged gunfire.)
Aside from Amba-an and her companion, 8 others tested positive in the paraffin test, including 2 Barangay Addition Hills residents, 4 Mandaluyong policemen and 2 village watchmen.
Homicide charges have been were filed against 10 police officers and 3 village watchmen who were involved in the botched operation. They were detained at the Mandaluyong police headquarters.
Gilbert Gulpo, a tanod tagged in the incident, remains at large, said Albayalde.