MANILA - The Public Attorney's Office will file charges against cops behind the alleged shootout that killed the aide of lawyer and former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong, its chief said Tuesday.
PAO lawyers have written to Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde, chief of the national police, asking for spot reports and other documents executed by police officers, said Persida Acosta, head of the agency.
They also sought the immediate release of the personal belongings of Richard Santillan, Chong's aide, to his wife Jeannette, she said.
Police had claimed Santillan was killed along with a female companion in a shootout in Cainta, Rizal on December 10 after having been suspected of being part of the “Highway Boys,” a group allegedly involved in robbery, illegal drugs and murder.
Acosta said the death of Santillan could not be considered a result of a legitimate police operation.
“Hindi po matatawag na legitimate operation po ito dahil po ay labag sa operational guidelines ng PNP,” she said.
The head of the Public Attorney’s Office forensics team also claimed that Santilla was tortured before he was killed.
Santillan sustained 63 injuries in different parts of the body, some of which are inconsistent with being inside the car, according to Dr. Erwin Erfe, PAO forensics chief.
“Mukhang tinorture po si Richard bago siya pinatay,” Erfe told reporters at a press conference in Manila.
Erfe noted that Santillan’s body sustained 11 gunshot wounds with the bullets having different trajectories.
He also found traces of blood in the brain indicating trauma because of blows to the head and lacerations and punctured wounds suggesting Santillan may have been stabbed.
“One is sa tingin po namin noong buhay pa siya ay sinasaksak siya, multiple puncture wounds at binugbog si Richard at may mga tama rin po sa kanyang ulo si Richard,” he said.
Erfe also said Santillan sustained bullet wounds when he was already dead.
“Consistent po iyon na inilagay sya sa kotse at doon binaril pero at that time mukhang patay na siya because there is no more tissue reaction,” he claimed.
Jeanette and Chong had claimed Santillan was first abducted, interrogated, tortured before he was executed because he went missing 3 hours before the alleged shootout with the police.