PNP eyes raps vs Jolo Revilla

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) wants the Department of Justice (DOJ) to determine if charges can be filed against Cavite Vice Governor Ramon “Jolo” Revilla 3rd and other local officials in connection with the shooting incident that almost killed Revilla.

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Metro Manila police commander Director Carmelo Valmoria asked the DOJ to evaluate the circumstances behind the incident to determine who may have violated criminal and administrative laws.

In a letter to Justice Secretary de Lima, Valmoria, sought the evaluation of records gathered by the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) regarding the shooting incident that wounded the vice governor.

The NCRPO endorsed 19 pieces of documentary evidence for evaluation by the DOJ, particularly concerning the firearm involved.

“Prudence dictates that further evaluation of evidence and facts from your office is necessary for the determination of violation of law committed by Ramon “Jolo” Mercado Revilla 3rd (Cavite Vice-Governor), Renato Abutan (Cavite Provincial Administrator), and Engr. Leopoldo G. Talatala (General Services Officer, Province of Cavite) concerning the transfer and possession of the firearm involved in the incident. In addition, the undersigned deemed it proper to forward the matter to your office since it potentially involves prosecution of cases in different jurisdictions,” Valmoria said.

He said the documents established the roles of Revilla, Abutan, and Talatala in the transfer of the firearm owned by the Provincial Government of Cavite to the vice governor’s house in Ayala-Alabang, Muntinlupa City where the shooting incident happened.

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