• Hunt on for 5 ‘rubout’ cops

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    The Manila Police District is hunting down five of its members involved in the killing of a robber in Sampaloc.

    Chief Supt. Rolando Nana, director of the MPD, ordered his men to locate the five police officers even as murder charges were filed against them at the Manila Prosecutor’s Office.

    Leading the manhunt is Task Force Gulod under Senior Supt. Romulo Sapitula.

    The task force will gather affidavits of witnesses to the killing of Robin Villarosa, 24.

    “I ordered Col. Sapitula to locate the five policemen because they failed to report to me,” Nana told The Manila Times.

    “He will lead the team that will gather the testimonies of the people who saw the incident and even before it took place,” he added.

    According to Homicide Section investigator SPO3 Glenzor Vallejo, the five policemen were no longer answering their phones.

    On Wednesday, Supt. Manam Muarip, commander of Sampaloc Police Station 4, was placed on floating status after he was placed under investigation.

    The other policemen being probed are Senior Inspector Rommel Salazar, head of the
    Gulod Police Community Precinct, and his men PO3 Ferdinand Valera, PO1 Ronald Dipacina, PO1 Rhoel Landrito, and PO1 Diomar Landoy.

    The five policemen turned over their respective government-issued firearms but they did not show up.The firearms were sent to the scene of the crime operative (SOCO) for ballistic examinations.

    The incident was first reported by the five policemen as a shootout. However, a video footage showed that the victim was shot in the head at close range.

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