ANTI-crime advocates has called on Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald de la Rosa to relieve the police officers who handled the investigation and presentation of the suspect in the Bulacan massacre case to the media, noting that their actions have ruined the case.
Dante Jimenez, founding chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), insisted that the apparent haste of the police officers to present Carmelino Ibanes whom police tagged in the gruesome killing of a family of five, has affected the case.
“Obviously there was no due process given to the guy (Ibanez). He reportedly gave his extrajudicial statement without the presence of a lawyer,” Jimenez said.
Jimenez was referring to Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Central Luzon police director, and other officers of the Bulacan Police under Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr.
The VACC chairman also criticized the concerned police officers for allowing the suspect to be interviewed by members of the media without a lawyer assisting him.
Jimenez said police should have allowed Ibanes to be assisted his lawyer during interviews so that his statements would hold water.
“We are asking the chief PNP to remove those police officers who have committed serious neglect in handling Ibanes because they are the ones who bungled the case,” Jimenez stressed. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA