Mother of 3-year old girl killed by Rizal cops brings case to Ombudsman

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The mother of a 3-year old girl killed by policemen in her own home during a June 30 anti-drug operation has filed a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman.

“Tess,” the mother of Myca Ulpina, sought criminal charges against 40 police officers, as well as their dismissal for the administrative offenses of grave misconduct, grave abuse of authority and conduct unbecoming of a public official.

The following policemen were accused of murder: Rizal police intelligence chief Lt. Col. Noel Campos; Rodriguez police chief Lt. Col. Resty Damaso; Chief Master/Sgt. Gerry Cordero; M/Sgts. Julynus Guillano; Cpls. Aladin Dizon, Aldwin Ortilla and Jesus Villamor Jr.; S/Sgts. Eddie Inocentes, Ederico Edrick Zalabaria, Fortunato Jiro II, Loyd Anos and Rommel Ramos; Cpls. Ian Kerby Bernas and Christopher Curay; and Patrolmen Curties Balderas, Mark Jherson Olano, Christopher Escayda, Louie Andrew Cruz, Joey Baniqued, Emie Antonio and Michael John Arenas.

M/ Sgt. Vladimir Dizon and Patrolmen Ronald Allan Sta. Isabel, Jaymar Yim, Danny Tupaz and Tomie Ken Francisco, who conducted an investigation into Myca’s death, were accused of obstruction of justice.

Also accused of obstruction of justice were: Scene of the Crime Operatives team leader Maj. Joanne Rosales, medico-legal officer Maj. Shanne Lore Dettabali and Master Sgts. Eugenio Santos, Ferdinand Jaramilla and Angelo Ilog; Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division chief Col. Joseph Arguelles, Maj. Gabriel Unay, Chief M/Sgts. Edward Michael Garcia, M/Sgts. Bernard Navarro, Senior M/Sgts. Archie Alvarado and Ventura Catabay; as well as two officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Internal Affairs Service Lt. Col. Michael Allan Leano and Senior M/Sgt. Archie Alvarado.

Policemen claimed Ulpina’s father Renato used her as a human shield during the alleged shootout that also killed him, an unidentified companion, and undercover cop Senior Master Sgt. Conrad Cabigao, Jr.

Ulpina’s mother belied this account. She said Renato and Myca were sleeping at the time.

Senator Ronald dela Rosa previously shrugged off the killing of the girl, saying: “Shit happens.”

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