NBI to put police escorts of escapee under lie detector test

April 3, 2010 11:59 pm 

MANILA, April 3 –A Cebu City Regional Trial Court (RTC)judge has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to put three policemen under a lie detector test to shed light on the escape of suspected kidnapper and killer of the brother-in-law of convicted Pasig City "shabu tiangge" operator Amin Imam Boratong.

Samer Palao escaped his three police escorts on March 25 while being billeted in a hotel in Cebu, a day before the scheduled hearing of the 2006 kidnapping and murder of Cadar Pitiilan Hadji Salam, brother of Boratong's wife, Mimie, before the Cebu City RTC.

Cebu City RTC judge Soliver Peras ordered the NBI to conduct lie detector test on Palao's police escorts identified as Inspector Max Fabros, Police Officers 3 Jason Atabay an Jerry Barit, all Palao's security escorts.

Peras also directed the NBI Region 7 to subject Palao’s wife, Peregrina, to lie detector test on April 13.

Palao had been detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. However, Palao was being brought to Cebu everytime he was asked to attend the hearings in Cebu.

Fabros, who led the police escorts of Palao, was also asked by the court to submit a report regarding the circumstances surrounding Palao's escape.

The police officer was asked to report the detail of the time of their departure, arrival as well as the hotel, the room numbers and what transpired before and after the disappearance of the accused and what action they took after learning about Palao's escape.

Peras, who already issued a warrant for Palao's arrest, also directed the Bureau of Immigration to issue a hold departure order against the accused.

Lawyer Andres Manuel Jr., counsel for the victim's family, said that Peregrina told the court that her husband and his police escorts arrived in Cebu on March 25, a day ahead of the scheduled court hearing.

However, instead of going directly to any police command, Palao's group ate lunch at a restaurant before checking in at a hotel.

The lawyer said no police officer picked them at the airport, which is supposedly a standard operating procedure.

At the hotel, two rooms were booked by the group —-one for the three police escorts and another for Palao and his wife.

Manuel also said that there was a report that Palao was reportedly not handcuffed.

“According to his wife, Palao was not by her side when she woke up,” Manuel said

“His escorts reportedly searched for him in the hotel. But apparently did not report the incident nor coordinated with any major command or police authorities regarding the disappearance,” he said.

Manuel said that there appeared to be a news blackout on Palao's disappearance. He said they were considering to file criminal and administrative charges against the police escorts. (PNA) RMA/JES

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