NCRPO sacks 9 cops over detainee's death

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Posted at Jul 02 2018 11:56 AM | Updated as of Jun 26 2019 12:57 PM

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A station commander and 8 other police officers in Quezon City have been relieved from their posts after a man who was jailed for violating a city ordinance died in their custody, the National Capital Region Police Office said Monday.

The 9 policemen failed to stop other detainees from beating to death Genesis "Tisoy" Argoncillo, said NCRPO director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar.

The officers, he said, will face administrative charges and may be suspended or dismissed from service.

"Sa ngayon po, ang lahat ng ebidensya ay nagtuturong siya (Argoncillo) ay binugbog... Nakapag-file na tayo ng murder case against 2 co-detainees," Eleazar told radio DZMM.

(For now, all evidence point out that he was mauled. We have filed murder cases against 2 co-detainees.)

Argoncillo's supposed beating is contrary to the Quezon City Police District's earlier claim that he may have died from suffocation and the police station commander's separate allegation that his death was "self-inflicted."

Police arrested Argoncillo amid an intensified campaign to enforce local ordinances. This, after President Duterte ordered law enforcers to be strict against loiterers, whom he dubbed as potential trouble for public.

Authorities have accosted 26,792 violators of local laws since June 13. Nearly 14,000 of those arrested were given warnings while only 4,000 were charged, said Eleazar.

DZMM, 2 July 2018