No extrajudicial killing attempt on a suspected drug pusher

August 12, 2015 5:13 am 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug. 11 — There was no extrajudicial killing as earlier reported by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on the complaint filed by a drug suspect, Romeo Amoma, Jr., who reproduced copies of the CCTV video that went viral and reached the office of the CHR central office.

In that CCTV footage, Amoma claimed that he was fired three times by the back rider of a motorist using a cal. 45 pistol but the suspect, later identified as Palix Acabal missed his target, in this case, Amoma.

Further investigations, however, showed that no shooting took place on that date which is December of last year and that Amoma was telling lies about the incident, according to CHR special investigator Dr. Jess Cañete on Tuesday.

Cañete was able to locate the gas pump attendant who issued narrations about the incident which now forms part of the CHR’s follow-up report, but it was certain the back rider of the motorcycle that waylaid Amoma was pointing a gun at him.

The CHR investigator further said that if indeed there was an attempt on the life of the complainant, he would have been killed because he was subdued later on by the same persons, later identified as a police asset and two police officers who are members of the PAID-SOTG. He said the intention was to arrest the suspect for violations of the dangerous drugs act.

Earlier, Police Senior Inspector Ryan Jay Orapa of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group said no evidences were recovered such as fired empty shells of the pistol to substantiate the claim that indeed a shooting incident took place on that date.

On the other hand, Cañete will now focus his investigation on the allegations evidences were planted by PAID-SOTG members while the suspect was held at the Camp Francisco Fernandez Headquarters in Agan-an, Sibulan town, about 15 minutes drive north of this capital.

Cañete said the police logbook was already recovered and presented to the CHR office including the counter affidavits of the police officers that were mentioned in the affidavit of Amoma denying all the allegations.

The logbook shows that Amoma was brought to the provincial police headquarters at Agan-an, Sibulan, on the same day he claimed an attempt on his life by the police asset and the other police officers. (PNA)

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