Dela Rosa to Mandaluyong shooting cop: Surrender or face manhunt operations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) — Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa urged a policewoman involved in the deadly Mandaluyong shooting to surrender, otherwise authorities will be forced to track her down.

Dela Rosa on Tuesday encouraged Police Senior Inspector Maria Cristina Vasquez to come out of hiding after she led the group of Mandaluyong police officers to respond to a "mistaken identity" shooting incident that killed one person.

The top police warned that if Vasquez does not surrender, she will be extensively hunted down by authorities.

"Nag-AWOL (absence without leave) 'yung isa dahil ayaw magpakulong, yung babae. Kung nakikinig ang policewoman na yun, sana mag-surrender ka para hindi ka ma-subject to manhunt operation kapag lumabas ang warrant mo," he said in a media briefing.

[Translation: She took an absence without leave because she was scared of being detained. If she is listening, surrender so you won't be the subject of our manhunt operation once your warrant of arrest is out.]

He also urged barangay tanod or village watchman Gilberto Gulpo to surrender and face the consequences of their actions.

Vasquez and Gulpo are part of the 10 police officers and three barangay tanods who are facing homicide charges. The nine policemen and the two barangay tanods are under police custody.

Dela Rosa: Police did not act with ill intent

On December 28, Vasquez' 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.

Dela Rosa defended his men, saying the village watchmen fired at the vehicle first, which prompted the police to shoot the vehicle. But he said this does not excuse their action and they will face the consequences.

"They did not act with ill intent, hindi sila pumatay lang nang pumatay. Nagoyo sila sa maling impormasyon," he said.

[Translation: They did not act with ill intent. They did not go on a killing spree. They were tricked with the wrong information.]

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

Dela Rosa said paraffin tests are scientifically proven, thus they are hard to disprove. He added test results were not altered.

He also clarified it is possible for a person who didn't hold a gun to test positive for gunpowder nitrates.