MANILA – Two policemen allegedly involved in the murder of the aide of former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong and a female companion have surrendered, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa said on Tuesday.
In a press briefing at Camp Crame, Gamboa said the suspects, Capt. Jon Russel Barnacha and Staff Sgt. Alvin dela Cruz, both personnel of Highway Patrol Group (HPG), voluntarily surrendered to the authorities after the Regional Trial Court Branch 99 in Rizal issued a warrant of arrest for two counts of murder against them.
Gamboa said the two went on Absence Without Official Leave (AWOL).
Richard “Red” Santillan, an aide of Chong, and his companion Gessamyn Casing were killed in an alleged shootout on the road in Cainta, Rizal on Dec. 9, 2018.
Last June 2019, the complaint filed by the NBI stemmed from the killing of Santillan and Casing in Barangay San Andres in Cainta, Rizal named as respondents for obstruction of justice, Calabarzon police regional director Brig. Gen. Edward Carranza, Rizal provincial director Col. Lou Evangelista, and Cainta police chief Lt. Col. Pablito Naganag.
Two counts of murder and one count of planting of evidence were also filed against seven officers from the Cainta police station led by Lt. Sandro Ortega, four officers from the provincial office of the Philippine National Police HPG led by Barnacha and 10 operatives of Regional Special Operations Unit led by Master Sgt. Rene Eufracio.
The NBI has concluded that the incident was a rubout and not a shootout as claimed by the police officers.
Carranza and his men, on the other hand, claimed that the incident in December 2018 was part of a legitimate police operation against the so-called “Highway Boys” involved in the illegal drug trade, carnap theft, robbery and killings on the Manggahan Floodway in Cainta. (PNA)