‘Impartial, Independent’ probes into Mayor Espinosa’s killing - Bato's Order

‘Impartial, Independent’ probes into Mayor Espinosa’s killing - Bato's Order

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Saturday assured that there will be no whitewash in the police's investigations into the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa inside a detention facility.

Dela Rosa, who was in Las Vegas to watch Sen. Manny Pacquiao's fight, said he immediately ordered "impartial and independent" investigations after receiving initial information on the killing of Espinosa during an alleged shootout with operatives of the provnicial unit of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Northern Leyte.

Espinosa and another drug suspect were killed by the CIDG operatives during an alleged shootout, which happened as the policemen were serving search warrants inside the Baybay, Leyte Sub-Provincial Jail shortly after 4 a.m.

Dela Rosa said he ordered the CIDG's mother unit based in Camp Crame, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 8 and the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) to conduct independent investigations.

He said the CIDG-Northern Leyte team, led by Chief Inspector Leo Laraga, will be the subject of the investigation.

"Gusto kong malaman ang katotohanan... We will conduct a proper investigation. 'Wag po kayong mag-alala, ang taumbayan. Kung kayo ay nangangamba na magkaroon ng whitewash ang investigation, kahit CIDG ang kasama sa [iimbestigahan], ito po ay CIDG ng national headquarters, PRO 8 at IAS ang [magsasagawa ng imbestigasyon]," the PNP chief said in a Balitanghali interview.

"Sisiguraduhin natin na malinis, na impartial investigation," he added.

Source: GMA News

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