ILOILO CITY–The head of the Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) here in Western Visayas has assured everyone that they will soon provide more details on the controversial shooting to death of an alleged bystander during a drug buy-bust operation in Brgy. North Baluarte, Molo, last June 29.
According to P/Colonel Roger James Brillantes, RIAS-6 chief, they have just concluded their Pre-Charge Investigation and are now deep into their Summary Hearing Proceedings to determine culpability on the part of P/Cpl. Rodante Lopez, who admitted to having fired the gun that killed 29-year old Karl Daniel Bolante during a drug sting in the said barangay.
After the summary hearing procedures, RIAS-6 will then come up with its recommendations, thereafter submitting them to Police Regional Office-6 director Rolando Miranda for his decision.
Earlier, members of the media tried to ask for specific details of the police operation that went awry after Bolante’s accidental but fatal shooting, especially after residents in the barangay swear that the victim was not involved in the illegal drug trade.
However, the chief of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) Police Station 1, which was mainly responsible for the police operation together with the City Drug Enforcement Unit (CDEU), has already declined to provide the specifics of the drug buy-bust sting. P/Col. Uldarico Garbanzos, the ICPO chief, as well as PRO-6 spokesperson P/Lt. Col. Joem Malong has refused to give additional details pending the conclusion of the RIAS-6 investigation.
Earlier, PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar ordered the IAS to conduct a motu proprio investigation into the incident “so we can be enlightened.”
Lopez, meanwhile, has been relieved of his duties and reassigned to the Regional Personnel Handling and Accounting Office (RPHAO) pending the final decision on his case. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)