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2 Parañaque jail guards face criminal raps

  • Written by Jeffrey C. Tiangco
  • Published in Metro
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AT least two Parañaque jail guards will be charged criminally in connection with the death of 10 inmates, including two Chinese who all have pending drug charges, in a grenade explosion inside the warden’s office last Thursday.

Senior Supt. Jose Carumba, Parañaque City police, said they recommended before the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) the filing of administrative charges against nine jail guards and jail warden Supt. Gerald Bantag, who have been relieved earlier.
Carumba identified the jail guards who will be charged criminally as Jail Officers (JOs) 2 Ricardo Zulueta and Victor Eric.
He said police are still evaluating whether murder or homicide charges will be filed against the two.
He disclosed that Zulueta and Eric refused to undergo paraffin test and submit their firearms for ballistic test.
“Karapatan po nila ’yun na tumangging sumailalim sa mga kailangan na test,”  Carumba said as he expressed that such is already moot since they admitted firing their guns in what they claimed a shootout with the dead inmates as stated in their sworn affidavit.
Likewise, police are still studying what criminal charges to file against the other seven jail guards, he added.
He said they are also waiting for the sworn statement of Bantag, who is still recuperating in the hospital, to determine if he is criminally liable.
Bantag, Zulueta, Eric and the seven other jail guards were earlier relieved from their posts following the bloody grenade explosion.
Relatives of the dead inmates, on the other hand, said they were murdered, apparently in connection with illegal drug activities.