The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) chief on Wednesday said that the bureau acknowledges the announcement of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan Purisima confirming that the two members of the Ozamis gang were killed by their police escorts.
“We do recognize the results of the PNP’s internal investigation and we will definitely consider their findings” NBI chief Nonnatus Caesar Rojas told the Times through a phone interview.
But Rojas stressed that the nature of the bureau’s probe differs to that of the PNP. “The NBI is probing the incident as a criminal case, while they [PNP] are probing it as administrative, which is why administrative charges were filed against the cops who were involved in the incident.”
Purisima on Tuesday said that what transpired during the night that the two gang members were killed was indeed a rubout, after announcing that he had green-lit the filing of administrative charges against a high-ranking PNP official and several others, contrary to police claims that the two died after being hit when they engaged in a firefight with two motorcycle-riding gunmen.
“As this is a criminal case, we have make sure that our probe strictly follows standard procedures. We have to make sure that we have enough evidence, enough testimony before we arrive to the proper conclusion,” he said.