THE Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday issued subpoenas to the policemen allegedly involved in the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa and fellow inmate Raul Yap inside the sub-provincial jail in Baybay City last November 5 to answer the multiple murder and perjury complaints filed against them by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
The subpoenas were sent to the respondents’ mother units, as well as to the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame which required the respondents led by Supt. Marvin Marcos, chief of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Region 8 (PNP-CIDG 8) to appear during the preliminary investigation of the case and answer the complaints against them.
The five-member panel of prosecutors, chaired by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Lilian Doris Alejo set the preliminary investigation on December 20, 2016 and January 8, 2017, 10a.m., at the DOJ Multi-purpose Hall.
The complaint was filed by the NBI after its investigation showed that Espinosa and Yap were victims of a rubout.
Aside from Marcos, other respondents in the complaint were Chief Inspector Leo Daio Laraga; Senior Inspector (SI) Deogracia Pedong Diaz; SI Fritz Bioco Blanco; SPO4 Juanito Ampado Duarte; SPO4 Melvin Mendoza Caboyit;
SPO4 Eric Palattao Constantino; SPO2 Benjamin Layague Dacallos; SPO2 Alphinor Milla Serrano, Jr.; PO3 Johnny Abuda Ibañez; PO3 Norman Tiu Abellanosa; PO2 Niel Patrimonio Centino; PO1 Bernard Rodriguez Orpilla; PO3 Lloyd Ortinez Ortiguesa; PO1 Jerlan Sadia Cabiyaan; Cristal Jane Briones Gisma; Divine Grace Baclas Songalia, all assigned at PNP-CIDG 8; as well as Chief Inspector Calixto Cabardo Canillas, Jr.; Inspector Lucresito Adana Candelosas; SPO2 Antonio Romangca Docil; SPO1 Mark Christian Castillo Cadilo; PO2 John Ruel Baldevia Doculan; and PO2 Jaime Pacuan Bacsal, all assigned at Regional Maritime Unit 8.
Citing testimonial and forensic evidence, the NBI said Espinosa and Yap were killed in a rub-out and not a shootout as claimed by the policemen who conducted the raid on their prison cell.
“There was unison in their purpose and action, signifying that they were all moved by a single criminal intent,” the NBI said.
For their part, respondents had claimed Espinosa and Yap were in possession of firearms and refused to allow the raiding team to search their cell.