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Kin of slain pedicab driver hit cops for ‘twisted’ claim

  • Written by Jeffrey C. Tiangco
  • Published in Metro
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RELATIVES of Eric Sison, the slain pedicab driver whom police gunned down despite his pleas for surrender, blasted Pasay police for allegedly trying to twist what transpired behind the killing. 

The relatives, who requested not to be identified for fear of their lives, chided Chief Insp. Joey Goforth, officer-in charge for administration of Pasay police, for claiming that it was the policemen who were shouting “susuko na po.... susuko na po” allegedly prodding Sison to surrender.
   
The relatives said they cannot believe that Goforth would make such a claim during a TV interview referring to the audio recording where Sison was shouting “huwag po susuko na po... susuko na po.”
   
“Malinaw naman na boses ni Eric yon at napaka-imposible naman na pulis ang sumigaw ng ganon,” they said as they urged Goforth to be sensible enough.
   
They added that the policemen “got what they wanted (killing Sison), huwag naman palabasin pang para kaming tanga.”
   
Chief Inspector Rolando Baula, chief of Station Investigation and Detective Management Branch of Pasay City police, for his part, maintained that Sison was peddling illegal drugs as shown in the text messages the police discovered in his cellphone.
   
Baula said the messages found in Sison’s cellphone confiscated by policemen following the incident, are now undergoing evaluation to determine and identify to whom he was transacting for illegal drugs.
   
“Meron nakita na kahina-hinalang text messages, parang drug transaction ito sa cellphone ni Sison,” Baula said.
   
He, however, declined to disclose more details so as not to jeopardize follow-up operations.
   
He added that the policemen, identified as  PO1 Benigno Baladjay, PO1 Jan Erwin Isaac and PO1 Melford Olorosisimo, all assigned at Buendia Police Community Precinct (PCP-2) on F Muñoz St., Barangay 43, Zone 6 who allegedly took turns in shooting to death Sison, had submitted their sworn statement to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).