Cops in 2012 murder of five persons dismissed from service
The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed the dismissal of the former police director in the province of Abra and another policemen after the death of five suspected hired gunmen in 2012 was ruled as a rub out.
This as the CA junked the motion for reconsideration filed by former Abra police director Alexander Rafael and policeman Marino Manuel who sought the reversal of the appellate court’s January 2018.
They were sued for the death of Michael Bermudez, Nomer Biendima, Leonardo Apolinario Jr., Isabelo George Bernal II and Daniel Villamor along Maharlika Highway in Barangay San Lorenzo in Lallo town in Cagayan in 2012.
The accused-lawmen claimed the deaths was the result of a legitimate shootout, but evidence showed otherwise.
“Moreover, the autopsy reports of the bodies of Michael Bermudez, Nomer Biendima, Isabelo George Bernal II, Leonardo Apolinario, Jr., and Daniel Villamor revealed tattooing and shrapnel injuries suggesting that they were shot at close range – another fact consistent with the theory of rub-out instead of shootout,” the CA ruled as it upheld the Ombudsman’s findings that they are guilty of grave misconduct.
They are now facing separate cases for murder.