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PNP ‘taken aback’ by criminal raps vs Task Force RCBC

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 2, 2008

By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 17:48:00 09/02/2008

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) was “taken aback” over reports criminal charges have been filed against a police task force investigating the May killing of 10 persons during a bank robbery by relatives of three men tagged as suspects who were slain in an alleged shootout.

“We are taken aback by the latest action of interested parties in filing criminal charges against some PNP personnel,” police spokesman Chief Superintendent Nicanor Bartolome said in a statement.

The multiple murder3 charges against the policemen were filed by relatives and colleagues of Vivencio D. Javier, Angelito Malabanan, and Rolando Lachica, who died in what police claim was a shootout but the three men’s families and friends described as summary execution.

The 38 accused policemen should be “afforded due process and every fair opportunity to challenge the accusations and present evidence to prove their innocence,” Bartolome said.

Multiple murder charges have been filed against members of Task Force RCBC by the families and colleagues of three men authorities described as suspects who were killed in a shootout on May 22.

But the head of Task Force RCBC, Senior Superintendent Aaron Fidel, is not among the accused.

The task force was created to investigate the the massacre of 10 persons during a bank robbery in Cabuyao, Laguna last May 16.


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