Mandaluyong top cop, 10 others relieved after mistaken shooting


Posted at Dec 29 2017 10:27 AM | Updated as of Dec 29 2017 07:47 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - The Mandaluyong city police chief and 10 of his men were removed from their posts Friday following the death of 2 people in a shooting due to mistaken identity.

Policemen and village guards (barangay tanod) fired at an AUV on Shaw Boulevard late Thursday thinking it was the getaway vehicle of a shooting suspect. 

Two people were killed while two others were wounded in the incident. 

The policemen involved in the incident were identified as the following:
Senior Insp. Maria Cristina Vasquez 
PO2 Nel Songalia 
PO1 Jave Arellano
PO1 Tito Danao
PO1 Bryan Nicolas
PO1 Julius Libuyen 
PO1 Mark Castillo 
PO1 Alberto Buag 
PO1 Kim Tinbusay 
PO1 Alfred Urbe 

Police who were involved in the incident were disarmed and placed under restrictive custody, said Metro Manila police chief Director Oscar Albayalde.

Senior Supt. Moises Villaceran, the former city police commander, will be investigated for command responsibility, Albayalde said.

Malacañang, meanwhile, vowed that the shooting incident would be thoroughly investigated.

"[The]... matter will be investigated fully even if there appears to be excessive force utilized by police authorities. It's also proper that policemen involved have been disarmed and their movements restricted," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

The Commission on Human Rights has also launched an investigation into the incident.

"The Commission through its NCR (National Capital Region) Regional Office has already taken cognizance of the case. Atty. Diana de Leon, NCR Regional Director, has already directed her investigators to commence action. We lament the loss of life in this unfortunate incident," it said.

Killed in the incident were Jonalyn Amba-an, who was shot at a construction site in Additional Hills earlier Thursday, and construction worker Jomar Hayawon, who had come to her aid. 

-- with reports from Raffy Santos and Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News.