Cops linked to Maguindanao massacre show signs of depression

February 9, 2012 11:32 pm 

By Edwin O. Fernandez

COTABATO CITY, Feb. 9 — Many policemen linked to the November 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre have been showing signs of serious depression that need immediate intervention by psychologists, a group of policemen's wives said on Thursday.

Hadja Jalila Maguid, wife of former Maguindanao police provincial director Superintendent Sam Maguid, told reporters that most of those apparently in distress were detained policemen because they were merely on duty at their headquarters or on days off in the provincial police office in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao when the massacre happened.

Maguid, vice president of 1123 Advocates composed of wives of detained police officers, said PO2 Hernani Dicipulo Jr., who committed suicide at the Bicutan detention facility in Taguig on Monday, was restive and was acting strangely before he leaped from the top of the prison building to end his life.

Dicipulo’s cadaver was flown here Tuesday and was buried immediately at nearby Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao according to Islamic rites.

Contrary to earlier reports, Maguid said Dicipulo committed suicide because he was depressed due to the slow progress of the case.

"He did not commit suicide because he was guilty but because he was so frustrated of the slow progress of the case," Maguid said.

She stressed some of the detained policemen were nowhere near the scene when the killings took place.

“We are asking that these policemen could be litigated separately to hasten their prosecution,” she said.

"We are convinced that PO2 Dicipulo committed suicide not because he was bothered by his conscience, but because he was already despondent over the slow litigation of the cases filed against them.”

Maguid said children of the detained policemen have dropped from schools after the salaries of their father-policemen were withheld while the case is still pending.

“We are appealing to the Department of Justice to please focus attention on our demand for a separate prosecution of the cases filed against these policemen,” said Maguid.

Maguid also appealed to the DOJ to send psychiatrist to attend to the policemen detainees to prevent similar incident of suicide. (PNA)

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