MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa on Sunday ordered the Police Regional Office in Ilocos region (PRO-1) to hold under restrictive custody the two cops who are allegedly involved in the killing of a 15-year-old girl in Ilocos Sur.
In a statement, Gamboa said the Ilocos Sur police filed murder charges against S/Sgt. Randy Ramos and S/Sgt. Marawi Torda, both assigned at the San Juan Municipal Police Station, for the killing of the victim, who earlier filed a complaint of acts of lasciviousness against one of the suspects.
Gamboa ordered Brig. Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr., regional director of PRO-1, to provide security to an 18-year-old cousin of the fatality and her family, and ensure the availability of all PNP prosecution witnesses in court proceedings to expedite the murder trial simultaneous with summary administrative procedures.
The two cops are now under restrictive custody at the Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Office in Bantay town while awaiting orders of the court. Gamboa said he wants the stiffest penalty for the two policemen.
“They are not men in uniform but animals who deserve to be jailed for life,” he said, adding that the two are good for nothing members of the police force.
On Friday, the Cabugao Municipal Police Station filed murder charges against Ramos and Torda before the Provincial Prosecutor of Ilocos Sur, for the murder of the 15-year-old girl last Thursday, July 2.
Rape charges were also filed against Ramos by the 18-year-old cousin of the slain victim.
Investigation records of the Cabugao Municipal Police Station showed that the two girls were arrested for violation of curfew and were drunk when the two policemen allegedly took advantage of them.
The 15-year-old girl was shot dead on her way home from the police station where she had just filed a “molestation complaint” against the two policemen. (PNA)