MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the botched police operation in Mandaluyong City that left 2 people dead and 2 others wounded.
In a department order issued Friday, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II directed NBI Director Dante Gierran to probe the incident, where police had mistakenly shot at a vehicle on the way to the hospital with a shooting victim and her companions on board.
Law enforcers on late Thursday mistook an AUV carrying shooting victim Jonalyn Amba-an for the getaway vehicle of her assailant, said Senior Supt. Moises Villaceran Jr., who has just been relieved from his post along with 10 of his men.
Amba-an was shot in the head at a construction site in Addition Hills earlier Thursday. She expired at the hospital while her companion, construction worker Jomar Hayawon, died on the spot.
Wounded in the incident were Amba-an's live-in partner Eliseo Aluad and the AUV driver Danilo Santiago.
The policemen said they were following the lead of village guards who claimed they engaged the AUV occupants in an exchange of fire at Shaw Boulevard corner Old Wack-Wack Road.
No firearms were recovered inside the AUV following the shooting.
The victims reportedly tried to shout and say they were in an emergency, but this failed to stop the gunfire.