Mom of girl killed in Rizal police op files murder raps vs cops

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2019 06:22 PM | Updated as of Oct 17 2019 06:23 PM

Complaints filed at the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City on Thursday by the mother of 3-year-old Myca Ulpina include murder, obstruction of justice, gross misconduct, grave abuse of authority, and conduct unbecoming of a public official. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—The mother of a 3-year-old girl killed in an anti-illegal drugs operation in Rodriguez town, Rizal, has filed murder and obstruction of justice complaints against 39 police officers assigned in the region.

The complaints also included administrative charges, such as gross misconduct, grave abuse of authority, and conduct unbecoming of a public official.

Myca's mother included former Rodriguez police chief Lt. Col. Resty Damaso and Rizal Provincial Police intelligence branch head Lt. Col. Noel Campos.

Also, other police officers of Rodriguez, Calabarzon scene of crime, Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division, and Internal Affairs Service are facing obstruction of justice charges about their supposedly questionable investigation on the incident.

The mother, who covered her face for security reasons, was assisted by the National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL), various church groups and other families of victims of the illegal-drugs campaign.

“Napakabata para maging biktima ng drug war [ang anak ko]. Ang anak ko lang ay gusto lang makapag-aral, pero hindi nabigyan ng pagkakataon,” she said.

Myca was inside her home when his father, Renato Dolorfina, was targeted in a drug operation in June. She died after being caught in a crossfire between her dad and police operatives, authorities said.

Police previously said Dolorfina used Myca as a shield, but the mother refuted this.

Police took responsibility for Ulpina's killing, identifying a Police Sr. MSgt. Conrado Cabigao Jr. as the officer who fired the fatal bullet.

The NUPL alleged there was an attempt to cover up the probe, saying police were quick to rule out filing murder charges against the suspected officers.

Police earlier filed homicide charges against the officers in question.