I feel that Corporal Lopez is not my son’s real killer—Bolante’s mother

PHOTO CAPTION: Streamers seeking justice for Karl Danielle Bolante dot Brgy. North Baluarte, Molo, more than a week after the drug buy-bust operation that killed him. (N. Glenn Aragon/Photo courtesy of Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo FB page)

ILOILO CITY–The mystery surrounding the accidental shooting to death of a 27-year old man from Brgy. North Baluarte in Molo during a drug buy-bust operation in the said barangay last June 29 deepens after the mother of the victim voiced her doubts that it was P/Corporal Rodante Lopez who fired the gun that killed her son.

Recently, Amalia Bolante, mother of victim Daniel Bolante and a barangay kagawad in the said village, expressed serious reservations as to her son’s real killer from among the eight or so police officers who conducted the drug sting more than a week ago.

“Indi ko mapa-athag ang akon nabatyagan basta feel ko gid ‘ya nga indi si Lopez ang nakatiro sa bata ko [I can’t exactly explain what I feel, but I just feel like it was not Lopez who shot my son dead],” Kagawad Bolante averred.

The older Bolante said that while the family has yet to decide on the date of her son’s internment, they are adamant no out-of-court settlement with whoever killed him will happen.

Lopez, meanwhile, has been relieved of his police duties after being named as the one who fired the gun that killed Bolante following a chase with a certain Dave Mendoza, who was the subject of the buy-bust operation.

The grieving mother said she can’t say for sure how many police operatives chased Mendoza but judging from the video captured by the barangay’s closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera, “damu-damo gid sila [there were a lot of them].”

‘BOLANTE WAS INNOCENT’

A source said Lopez was among the last policemen to join the chase for Mendoza when the latter tried to evade arrest.

Initial information also revealed he fired his gun only once, and as a warning shot directed to the ground.

Meanwhile, the victim’s family as well as their neighbors in North Baluarte insist that Bolante was innocent and was not acquainted with the subject of the drug operation.

They also vehemently denied police allegations that Bolante carried a gun and a hand grenade when shot claiming that, in fact, he was only wearing boxer shorts, implying that he had nowhere to put a gun, much less a grenade.

‘PLANTED EVIDENCE’

In a related development, residents of Brgy. North Baluarte allege that the same cops that were involved in the drug buy-bust brought the wounded Bolante to the hospital immediately after the shooting.

According to an alyas Bok, it was the same Police Station 1 operatives of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) with the help of the City Drug Enforcement Unit (CDEU) who brought the victim to the Iloilo Doctor’s Hospital.

Five other residents corroborated alyas Bok’s claim.

He also said police allegations that Bolante was then in possession of a gun and a hand grenade when shot was not true and that they were only “planted” on him after the shooting.

City Proper Police Station chief Capt. Sheila Mae Sangrines, who also acts as ICPO spokesperson, declined to issue a statement as to who brought Bolante to the hospital after his fatal shooting.

To note, Bolante succumbed to “a gunshot wound at the back of the body” based on the autopsy report signed by Dr. Joe Martin Fuentes, medico-legal officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory Office-6. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)

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