THE Philippine National Police chief, Director General Edgardo Aglipay, said on Thursday police could arrest any suspects in a criminal case even without a warrant of arrest issued by a court.
The police chief said this kind of arrest is applicable when police are conducting hot-pursuit operations or similar ongoing operations on a recent crime.
Aglipay issued the clarification after relatives of two suspects in the killing of Santa Mesa station commander, Senior Supt. Manolo Martinez, cried foul over their arrests by members of the Western Police District (WPD).
“The warrant of arrest is no longer needed every time a continuing operation is being made. This is under the principle of pursuit that police are implementing,” Aglipay said in a radio interview.
Metro Manila Police chief, Director Avelino Razon Jr., lamented that they may lose the case against the suspects if it’s found that the standard operating procedures were not followed in the arrests of the suspects.
Razon said he had ordered investigators to build a strong case against the suspects, who were nabbed Tuesday in Caloocan City by members of WPD.
“In our efforts to solve the case of Martinez, we have to ensure that proper procedures with no shortcuts were followed. In the end, our case could end up being thrown away,” Razon said.
Martinez, 54, was killed Monday morning as unidentified men armed with high-caliber weapons ambushed him in front of the WPD station 8 in Santa Mesa, Manila.
A leftist group called the Partido Marxista-Leninista had owned up to the killing several hours later. But Razon said that all possible angles would be looked into as he cast doubt on the claim of the group.