10 police officers, 3 brgy. tanod face charges over Mandaluyong shooting

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Investigators check the aftermath of a Dec. 28 shooting on Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City that left two dead.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 1) Ten police officers and three barangay tanod involved in the Mandaluyong shooting on Thursday face homicide charges, police said.

"May order of detention sila so ngayon naka-detain sila sa Mandaluyong Police Station," National Capital Regional Police Director Oscar Albayalde told CNN Philippines.

The suspects charged as are as follows:

  • PSInsp. Maria Cristina Vasquez
  • PO1 Alfred Uribe
  • PO2 Nel Lemuel Songalia
  • PO1 Jave Arellano
  • PO1 Tito Danao
  • PO1 Mark Castillo
  • PO1 Julius Libuen
  • PO1 Bryan Nicolas
  • PO1 Albert Buwag
  • PO1 Kim Rufford Tibunsay
  • Barangay Tanod Wilmer Duran
  • Barangay Tanod Ernesto Fajardo
  • Barangay Tanod Gilberto Gulpo

Vasquez and Gulpo are still at large, while the remaining nine policemen and the two barangay tanod are under police custody.

On December 28, Velasquez' team and barangay officials fired at a white vehicle on Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City, after receiving reports from the barangay officers that a gunman from an earlier shooting in Brgy. Additional Hills had escaped using the vehicle.

It all started with a quarrel between gas delivery boys and construction workers in the barangay. Jonalyn Ambaon, partner of construction worker Eliseo Aluad, was shot in the head as a result.

Aluad and six other companions rode a white Mitsubishi adventure to rush Ambaon to the hospital.  They were soon apprehended on Shaw Boulevard, and police started firing at the vehicle.

Ambaon died in the hospital hours after, while of her companions Jomar Hayaun died during the incident. The others remain in critical condition.

The four of six gas delivery boys involved in the prior shooting Jemar Alpin, Abdurahman Alpin, Romeo Resureccion and Wahab Alpin have also been placed under police custody. The two others have yet to be apprehended.

Possible shootout?

Meanwhile, paraffin tests on the gas delivery boys, as well as the passengers of the white van, tested positive for gunpowder nitrates.

Albayalde on Monday said the test results prove there could have been a shootout, and that Ambaon's group also fired at the group of gas delivery boys during the encounter in Brgy. Addition Hills.

"So ang lumalabas dito talagang nag-away itong grupo na ito at nagkabarilan talaga sila doon kaya 'yun ang sanhi ng tama sa ulo ni Jonalyn," Albayalde said.

[Translation: It seems the two groups exchanged fire and that's how Jonalyn got injured.]

Albayalde, however, clarified the test results are inconclusive. He said negative results for gunpowder nitrates does not mean they did not fire guns.