Davao City Cops Shoot Murder Suspect

July 17, 2007 at 9:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 17 Jul) – Three policemen are being investigated after they shot and wounded a murder suspect in Davao City in the southern Philippines.

Juvie Reyes said the policemen shot him without provocation while serving a warrant for his arrest on charges of murder in San Isidro village at the weekend.

The news was leaked to the press by relatives of Reyes, who sought help for fear the man could be killed to silence him.

The three cops were members of the local police force. Police said the three claimed that Reyes resisted arrest and assaulted them.

Chief Superintendent Jaime Morente, chief of police, said he ordered an investigation into the allegation of Reyes.

The victim, who is recuperating in hospital, told reporters that he would file criminal charges against his attackers.

He said the policemen, without warning, just shot him.

The accusation against the trio bolstered suspicions by human rights groups and activists that authorities were behind the spate of extra-judicial killings in Davao City.

Hundreds of people, mostly with criminal records, had been murdered here the past years and police blamed the killings to the shadowy vigilante group called Davao Death Squad.

On Sunday, two unidentified gunmen also shot dead student Jay Dumaoan, 16, in an attack in downtown Davao City.

Dumaloan was shot in the head in front of a shopping mall at around 6.30 p.m. The gunmen escaped on a motorcycle after the killing.

Three unidentified men, armed with knives, attacked and killed Rosito Campus, 43.

Campus, implicated in a series of robbery, was with his four-year old son when the men attacked him on a busy area near downtown Davao. The boy was not harmed.

No group claimed responsibility for the murders, but Davao City is notoriously known for the spate of extra-judicial killings and unresolved murders of mostly criminal suspects and thieves.(Romy Bwaga)

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