Rima’s family lawyer cited excessive force used by the police operatives against the victims.
Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón
Legazpi City, [03.06.19] – The regional office of the Commission on Human Rights – Bikol has announced on Monday about their plan to investigate to shed light what led to the deaths of three civilians during the conduct of the February 22 police anti-illegal drugs operation in Binitayan, Daraga, Albay.
Rey Matociños, Special Investigator IV and Mary Janice Ceneta, Special Investigator II told the local media in a press conference held at the Magayon Hotel that the Commission on Human Rights – Bikol will work for a 100% closure of the case.
Matociños and Ceneta have categorically explained in the press conference that no matter what, the CHR – Bikol is always ready to promote and protect human rights as a matter of policy and in pursuit of the commission’s mandate.
When asked about the timeline on their final investigation, however, they declined to give the exact date when their investigation will be concluded as the initial step on the probe is still on its preliminary stage but they gave an assurance to the public of impartial, transparent conduct of the investigation.
Matociños explained that their conduct of investigation will rely on the witnesses testimonies to shed light on the inquiry until the truth is revealed.
The Binitayan inquiry is the 24th cases of human rights abuse under the Duterte administration that the CHR – Bikol is handling, Matociños expounded.
Meanwhile, Attorney Bartolome Roa Rayco, the private lawyer of Rima and Tibay family has admitted during the press conference that the police operatives who implemented anti-illegal drugs operation did not apply reasonable force in arresting the three victims.
Atty. Rayco saw excessive force used against the three victims and is considering murder charges against the operatives by citing the 14 gunshot wounds sustained by Pete John Carlo Rima.
In the same vein, a statement made by Dulce Tibay, the mother of Pete John Carlo calling the manner of the police operation was done in a very bad manner and calling the botched operation as cold-blood murder.
“The fatal entries of three bullets were clustered with directions leading to the heart of my nephew Pedrito with his hands raised as clear acts of surrender, Jerusalem was hit twice on his back and my son Carlo suffered from 14 bullets that penetrated his entire body and police claimed “nakilaban.”
Pedrito Marco R. Tibay, a.k.a. “Mao”, 34 years old, Jerusalem Catubig y Nidea, 37 years old a.k.a. “Bunker” and Pete John Carlo Rima y Tibay 35, years old died in the raid.
The Daraga Municipal Police Station has no official investigation report released in public as of posting time as dictated by law, Dulce Tibay lamented.