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|16 killed in Paranaque shootout|
|Topic Started: Dec 7 2008, 10:42 AM (1,483 Views)|
|Lickerblade||Dec 7 2008, 10:42 AM Post #1|
Cops killed several Waray Waray gang members but sadly also killed a girl and his father.
Girl, 7, among 16 killed in shootout
By Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:30:00 12/07/2008
MANILA, Philippines—A man and his young daughter were among 16 people killed in a police operation on Friday night in a middle-class subdivision in Parañaque City.
For some 40 minutes, the usual quiet of United Parañaque Subdivision 4 in Barangay Marcelo Green was shattered by a gun battle between policemen and a group of suspected robbers.
“At first, we thought the noise was just firecrackers. But we noticed that it was extraordinarily long and loud,” said Lerma Abueg, who lives in a house some 500 meters from where the shootout occurred.
“It was deafening. We couldn’t even hear our own voices,” another resident said.
When the shooting stopped, Alfonso “Jun” de Vera, 53, and his 7-year-old daughter, Lea Alyanna, were found dead on dimly lit Sampaguita Street along with 10 other people, including eight of the suspected robbers.
Director Leopoldo Bataoil, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), expressed regret to Lilian de Vera, saying her husband and child might have been caught in the crossfire.
Bataoil promised the weeping woman an impartial investigation. “I want to assure you that this was a legitimate operation against our real enemies. I assure you that I will never condone any wrongdoing of my men. I beg for your understanding,” he said.
But Lilian de Vera retorted: “I don’t understand a thing. I don’t trust the police. I only trust the media.
“Why do you have to kill my little angel? Why do you have to kill my husband? He’s a good man. We’ve done nothing wrong to you.”
Two heavily armed men on a motorcycle were also killed in a purported ensuing shootout with members of the Philippine National Police’s Highway Patrol Group (HPG).
PO1 Nixon Vinasoy of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) and barangay watchman (tanod) Bernard Tuncab likewise died while being wheeled into a hospital.
Witnesses said the De Veras were gunned down by SAF agents who apparently mistook their Isuzu Crosswind (XEW 327) as one of the suspected robbers’ getaway cars.
Resident Larry Indiana, a former vice mayor of Bongabong, Nueva Vizcaya, said he and his neighbors saw at least seven SAF agents shoot and kill the De Veras.
“They should not have fired at the van. I’m sure they know that Jun was innocent. His daughter was on the front passenger seat. How could they have failed to notice her?” Indiana said, adding:
“Jun even came out of his van to run for safety, but they (the SAF agents) still shot him.
“People here are angry with the police. We are willing to testify just to prove that Jun and the girl were innocent.”
A senior police official, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal, said the SAF personnel “obviously committed lapses” in the rules of engagement.
“They could just have ordered the occupants of the vehicle to step down because they were not being fired at. It was really an unfortunate incident,” the official told the Philippine Daily Inquirer (parent company of INQUIRER.net).
PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa has formed a fact-finding team to look into the matter.
In a statement relayed to the Inquirer by the PNP spokesperson, Chief Supt. Nicanor Bartolome, Verzosa said “all possible assistance to the police and civilian casualties” would be extended.
“We feel the grief of losing a loved one and the PNP will continue to account for the other criminal elements responsible for this act,” Verzosa said.
The National Bureau of Investigation is conducting a parallel inquiry.
Lawyer Ricardo Diaz, chief of staff of the NBI deputy director for intelligence service, said agents of the bureau’s National Capital Region had been assigned to the case.
“We’ve already sent a team, including medico-legal experts, in the area to gather information,” he said.
Diaz said the De Vera family as well as the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, had also requested the bureau to investigate.
‘They went berserk’
Bataoil described the shootout as the bloodiest firefight yet between lawmen and criminal elements in Metro Manila.
He said the armed men fired at “anybody in their path” as they were escaping, and even tried to blow up a diesel tanker to divert the cops’ attention.
“They really went berserk. They were mad gunmen. They thought all the people in the area were police operatives,” he said.
From the items recovered at the scene, lawmen believe that they have neutralized a group of robbers posing as policemen and soldiers, Bataoil told reporters at the scene.
“With this incident, we have shown our resolve, determination and sincerity in eliminating rogue criminals victimizing innocent civilians,” he said.
“With the neutralization of these robbers, we expect a minimal incidence of high-profile robberies in Metro Manila for the next several months.”
On a tip
Here is how it happened, according to Bataoil:
Operatives from the HPG, SAF, NCRPO and Southern Police District (SPD) were sent to the scene on a tip that members of the Waray-Waray Gang and Ozamiz Group would rob the warehouse of the Southern Transport company in the subdivision.
At around 9 p.m., policemen led by Supt. Eleuterio Gutierrez Jr. noted two vehicles—a maroon Toyota Revo (WPW 808) and a white Toyota Revo (WCY 362)—that entered the subdivision and passed the warehouse on Sampaguita Street.
Before policemen could accost the vehicles’ drivers, they were fired at from inside.
SAF agents were able to fire back at the passengers of the maroon Revo, killing eight of them.
Gutierrez, who was on board a Starex van (XFB 860), was shot at by the passengers of the white Revo. The vehicle later rammed into a steel pole and was found abandoned in front of the subdivision gate.
Gutierrez was taken to the Parañaque Medical Hospital where he is fighting for his life.
The gunmen then commandeered a black Toyota Vios (XTG 256) driven by Ceasar Beligolo, and fled toward Sucat Road.
Pursuing HPG operatives subsequently killed two other gunmen, one armed with an M203 grenade launcher and a shotgun, near a footbridge on the Sucat Interchange of South Luzon Expressway.
Senior Supt. Jaime Calungsod, SPD chief, said four other men were arrested in a follow-up operation.
15 more nabbed
Chief Supt. Roberto Rosales, director of the Manila Police District, said 15 more men were nabbed in a follow-up operation in Bacoor, Cavite, Saturday morning.
Rosales said the MPD policemen had arrest warrants for two of the men whom he refused to name.
“Based on initial evidence, seven of the 15 men we arrested were part of the Ozamiz robbery group. Some of them admitted that they were the ones who commandeered a vehicle in escaping from Parañaque on Friday,” he told the Inquirer.
He added that all 15 men were taken to MPD headquarters for questioning and for paraffin tests.
In a statement, the NCRPO identified seven of the 10 gunmen killed as Avelino Villanueva Abayon, Rey Yec Olarte, Ricarte Esteban Chavez, Baltazar Aguilar Decurian, Camilo Pastrana, Dennis Bassig, Danilo Lagpas Tranca.
It named the five civilians killed as De Vera and his daughter Lea Alyanna, Tuncab, Jesery Vicemayor and Arnel Macaloan.
The NCRPO listed security guard Orlando Gacura Jr. and barangay watchman Antonio Chavez as injured.
It said Supt. Gutierrez, Chief Insp. Hermogenes Cabe and Insp. Ericson Roranes of the PNP Special Action Force were also injured.
Four M-16 Armalite rifles and several magazines, two M203 grenade launchers, two .45 cal. pistols, two grenades, handheld radios, a PNP jacket, a bolt cutter, a big mallet, two Toyota Revos, and an Isuzu Crosswind were found at the scene, the NCRPO said.
String of robberies
Bataoil said the slain gunmen were behind the armored van robbery last month on the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City, which left three bank personnel dead.
He said some of the gunmen also robbed the Metrobank branch in Parañaque last year, St. Scholastica’s College in Manila and the Light Railway Transit Authority in Pasay City.
15 high-profile robberies solved
He said the group was likewise responsible for robbery attempts at the Navotas fish port and a cell phone trading firm in Makati City.
According to Bataoil, the gunmen were identified through their photographs in the NCRPO “rogues’ gallery.”
“With this operation, we were able to solve at least 15 high-profile robbery incidents in the metropolis in the past year,” he told the Inquirer.
Supt. Franklin Mabanag, of the Quezon City Police District’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, made a similar remark.
“The police now have the upper hand because these groups are now just remnants of former big crime gangs. Pilay na sila (Now they are crippled),” Mabanag said.
Supt. Antonio Yarra, head of the General Investigation Section, surmised that robbery groups were now “less accurate” in their surveillance of targets, resulting in failed or foiled heists, as well as casualties and logistical losses during fire fights with lawmen.
“Their information is now lacking, and sometimes, instead of just spending three to five minutes in a heist, they are caught by police,” he said. With reports from Julie M. Aurelio and Tina G. Santos
|mazingu||Dec 7 2008, 01:54 PM Post #2|
And SAF is supposed to be the best police unit we have.
Its now a common practice of the PNP to just fire at vehicles and ask questions later.
|Fmr TOPP Awardee 82'PNP||Dec 8 2008, 05:47 AM Post #3|
The surrounding circumstances based on the above news article do not fit to the comments of firing first before asking questions. The accosting officers were allegedly fired first thus injuring the men from the law side.
The imminent danger already took place before the lawmen fired back that simply put it into the area of self defense. No one could ask questions in the midst of rain and volley of fire.
If there were casualties apart from the lawmen and the robbers in the crossfire, it would merit administrative investigation if negligence had taken place on the part of the police officers otherwise it should be taken into account as a part of the criminal act by the culprits accosted by the law enforcers.
"GUILTY CONSCIENCE NEEDS NO ACCUSER"
|didu||Dec 8 2008, 01:02 PM Post #4|
Lilian de Vera was right when said in an interview that we ordinary citizens are no longer safe in our neighborhoods - we get shot at and killed or wounded by either incompetent cops or criminals.
|saver111||Dec 9 2008, 06:16 PM Post #5|
Police officers gather items next to a bullet-ridden van after a shootout between officers and heavily-armed robbers in a Manila suburb last night
Philippine police officers examine ammunition and other equipment left by the gang of robbers
A security guard manning the entrance to the housing complex picks up a blood-stained slipper after two other guards were hurt in the shooting
National police Chief Jesus Verzosa, centre, and national capital region police head Senior Supt. Leopoldo Batoil, right, comfort Inspector Hermogenes Cabe after he was shot along with two other police officers during the shootout
Police investigators inspect the scene of a shoot-out between police commandos and gang members in Manila late December 5, 2008. (AFP)
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|Fmr TOPP Awardee 82'PNP||Dec 10 2008, 05:07 AM Post #6|
The third photo down where a security guard interferes one of the vital evidence is a sign of immaturity in crime scene protection and preservation. It is his job to protect the crimes scene and he should not touch or interfere anything pertinent thereto. I just wonder what sort of training this guard had undergone before being issued a license.
The entire appearance of the crime scene is still showing a primitive police approach in dealing with a crime scene. It should have been cordoned as a basic requirement by the police to protect and preserve the spot with a yellow tape marked-"Police Keep Off" to secure vital evidence & clues that might have been left by the culprits. Contaminated and interfered evidence could be a trash to destroy a good case against criminals, instead of being vital for their conviction, and it could be a total failure and embarrassment to the prosecution due to ignorance in handling evidence and protecting the crime scene.
I cannot even see the police interfering with the items on the scene wearing gloves or are they the authorized investigators ? If they are not, they should have kept themselves a little bit away from those items to protect it from contamination or any other forms of interference before the designated and authorized investigators arrive at the scene. The last scene picture down showed the SOCO handling the crime scene in the basic way but only after the crime scene has been interfered with as seen in the second and third scene picture above.
It is quite funny and appalling to see police officers who do not know what they are doing especially in handling a crime scene like this. It is a sign of primitiveness and lack of professionalism. Or it might be a consequence of a half-baked training qualities.
"GUILTY CONSCIENCE NEEDS NO ACCUSER"
|saver111||Dec 10 2008, 01:32 PM Post #7|
I believe those wearing T-shirts are SOCO guys
Police said the attackers fired at everyone in sight in a residential suburb of the capital, Manila [AFP]
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|saver111||Dec 11 2008, 04:43 PM Post #8|
Parañaque shootout a failed operation – police internal affairs head
12/10/2008 | 11:02 PM
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) should stop claiming that the bloody Parañaque shootout last Friday was a successful anti-robbery operation in view of the high civilian casualties, a television report said on Wednesday.
Police Director Jaime Tagaza, OIC of the Internal Affairs Service of the PNP, told GMA News thatthe Parañaque encounter was apparently a disaster because the fatalities included a 7-year-old girl.
“We failed in our mission to protect the civilians. [Because] during the conduct of operation [many civilian lives were lost]," Tagaza told reporter Chito Gaston.
IAS launched a separate investigation into the encounter to find out if the bullets that killed at least five civilians came from the guns of the police operatives.
The report said IAS has ordered operatives who took part in the operation to submit their firearms for forensic and ballistic examinations.
According to the report, the result of the examination is vital in IAS’ investigation.
“Kung ano man ang makuha na slug doon sa mga victim it will prove na it came from the firearms of participating elements (Slugs extracted from the victims’ remains would reveal the firearms of participating elements)," Tagaza said.
The IAS is expected to complete the investigation on Friday. The result of the probe will then be submitted to the Office of the PNP Chief and the Office of the Ombudsman.
Meanwhile, authorities has offered P100,000 reward for those who can give information on the whereabouts of the remaining members of the Waray-Waray and Ozamis robbery groups that escaped the Parañaque operation.
Manila Police District Chief Supt. Roberto Rosales presented to media the photos and sketches of Alvin Flores, alias Bunso or Lester, said to be the head of Waray-Waray gang.
Rosales also identified Inday Rocha, alias Kapitana, as the financier of the Ozamis robbery group.
The other suspects are one JR, one alias Maning Waray, a certain Bogart, an alias Waway, Beverly Rocha, a certain Kaka, an alias Ompong and alias Tulig
Rosales said the suspects were behind a series of robbery holdups in various areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. - GMANews.TV
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|saver111||Dec 11 2008, 05:20 PM Post #9|
'Cops in Parañaque shootout did not consider civilians' safety'
abs-cbnNEWS.com | 12/11/2008 3:48 PM
Policemen involved in the bloody shootout in a Parañaque City subdivision last week did not take into consideration the safety of civilians that may caught in a huge police operation against cold-blooded killers, a National Police Commission (Napolcom) official said Thursday.
Napolcom Commissioner Eduardo Escueta said that based on initial investigations, the police team headed by Superintendent Eleuterio Gutierrez Jr. failed to include in their operation's blueprint two blocking forces, which could have cost the lives of civilians.
"The blocking force was placed only at the entrance of the subdivision. There was no blocking force at the back. This lapse cost the lives of civilians," Escueta told ABS-CBN News Channel, citing for example the tragic death of Alfonso de Vera and his seven-year-old daughter Alyanna.
Escueta said that according to the police's rules of engagement, blocking forces are placed in every exit and entry points of the "site of engagement."
He said that blocking forces are put in place to prevent civilians from entering into the middle of encounter site.
Escueta also mentioned that based on witnesses' accounts, policemen who were part of the blocking force were in civilians' clothes.
“There was a blocking force but the blocking force were private-looking individuals and not in uniform,” he said. “It must be manned by uniformed personnel so that civilians attempting to enter the area would be convinced that these people are part of the police force.”
Not a residential area
Aside from de Vera and his daughter, three other civilians were slain during the fierce gunfight between 50 policemen and at least 20 suspected robbers along Sampaguita Street in United Parañaque Subdivision last Friday night.
One of the three was Ronaldo Eusebio, a Skyway employee, who, police said, was riding in tandem with one of the robbers carrying an M203 grenade launcher.
Escueta admitted that the number of civilian casualties during the police operation was high.
Ten armed suspects and a policeman were slain in the encounter.
The Napolcom official said the police officials who directed the bloody operation had enough time to come up with a plan that could have been safer for the civilians.
Director Leopoldo Bataoil, Metro Manila police chief, had said that the operation was planned after policemen received information that the robbery gang will strike on Sampaguita Street.
Bataoil had also said that the warehouses along the street have been repeatedly victimized by the same group.
Escueta mentioned that the police team was not anticipating civilians to be trapped in the middle of the gunfight because Sampaguita Street was not a residential area.
“The shootout occurred in a subdivision, but the street was lined up with warehouses so the police may have thought it was not necessary for enough precaution within the conflict area for the prevention of civilian casualties,” he said.
Wounded team leader faces raps
Escueta said that aside from administrative charges, cases of murder or homicide may also be filed against the policemen responsible in the death of the civilians.
He said the Napolcom’s fact-finding commission has yet to identify all the 50 police personnel involved in the operation.
He said the Napolcom has to identify the individual players to pinpoint those responsible in the death of the de Veras and the other civilians.
Escueta said the Napolcom will collate investigation reports of the police, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Commission on Human Rights before filing necessary charges.
“We want to make sure that we are not missing out on any of the details,” he said.
He said the policemen involved in the operations could have committed reckless imprudence, abuse and deliberate lapses.
Escueta said that despite Gutierrez’s health condition, he may still be slapped with charges because of command responsibility.
Gutierrez remained in a critical condition. He was shot in the head during the gunfight.
Escueta said that what happened to de Vera and his daughter was “unforgivable.”
“The place was not well-lighted, but when a man [carrying] a child is coming out of a vehicle without a firearm, they should have exercises extreme caution because they are not a threat,” he said. “For anybody to shoot them right there is unforgivable. We will go after those who did this.”
Lilia de Vera, wife and mother of the victims, on Wednesday asked President Arroyo to reform the police and help her seek justice.
Eusebio’s wife also asked the president and the police organization to clear her husband’s name.
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|didu||Dec 11 2008, 06:50 PM Post #10|
The police failed to live up to its primary purpose of protecting the civilians. They should be investigated, with no white wash, and the guilty punished to the fullest extent.
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