Complaint filed versus Pangasinan cops for murdering DOTA player

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A complaint for murder and planting of evidence has been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against eight Pangasinan police officers accused of killing a Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) player under the guise of robbery suspicions and for having a tattoo of a game character on his arm.

Christine Pascual, the mother of 17-year old victim Joshua Laxamana, was represented by the National Union of People’s Lawyers National Capital Region (NUPL-NCR).

Named as respondents were Police Chief Inspector John Corpuz, Senior Police Officer 3 Oliver Vingua, Senior Police Officer 1 Hilario Taquiqui, Jr., and Police Officer 2 Ronald Casareno of the Rosales, Pangasinan, municipal police station.

Also named respondents were Chief Inspectors Lady Ellen Maranion and Emeterio Macaraeg of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory Office in Urdaneta City, and Police Officers 2 Arvin Abella and Roy Sarmiento of the Provincial Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (PPHAU) of the Panginasan provincial police office.

Likewise impleaded was doctor Adan Arlie Guieb of the Rosales infirmary unit.

Laxamana, a Tarlac City resident, had hitchhiked with two friends to Baguio City to play DOTA against more challenging players.

The police claimed Laxamana passed through the checkpoint on board a motorcycle. After falling in the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) access road, he allegedly fired at the policemen who gave chase, forcing them to shoot him.

Pascual said her son could not have been the motorcycle rider because he did not know how to ride even a bicycle.

She also cited the University of the Philippines College of Medicine’s finding that Laxamana was shot while apparently posed in a defense position, indicating that he was killed without any chance of resistance.

Pascual also assailed how the policemen even tried to portray Laxamana’s “Queen of Pain” tattoo as one of a drug user in order to justify his killing.

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