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Cops in ‘Bloody Sunday’ raid need expenses towards them dismissed


BLOODY RAID Imelda Evangelista, 55, on Wednesday points to the spot where her son, Ariel Evangelista, and his wife, Chai Lemita-Evangelista, were shot dead by police officers in Barangay Calayo, Nasugbu, Batangas. The Evangelista couple was among the nine activists killed in simultaneous police-military raids in the Southern Luzon region on Sunday. —GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE sunday cops police

FILE PHOTO: Imelda Evangelista, 55, factors to the spot the place her son, Ariel Evangelista, and his spouse, Chai Lemita-Evangelista, have been shot lifeless by law enforcement officials in Barangay Calayo, Nasugbu, Batangas. The Evangelista couple was among the many 9 activists killed in simultaneous police-military raids within the Southern Luzon area on Sunday, March 7, 2021. INQUIRER/GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

MANILA, Philippines — Seventeen law enforcement officials who have been indicted over the 2021 homicide of political activists on what was often known as the “Bloody Sunday” raid in a number of areas in Southern Luzon have requested the Division of Justice (DOJ) to dismiss the costs filed towards them.

In three separate memoranda on Thursday, the respondents via their respective counsels requested the DOJ to dismiss the costs because of the  “absence of any possible trigger” for the grotesque homicide of Ariel and his spouse Ana Mariz “Chai” Lemita Evangelista inside their residence in Nasugbu, Batangas, on March 7, 2021.

One of many pleadings, from the counsel of Pat. Bautista, and Pat. Tenoso, said that “there is no such thing as a bodily proof and even testimonial displaying Respondents have been those who shot the spouses Evangelista or carried out any overt acts resulting in their deaths.”

Bautista and Tenoso defined that they arrived on the scene at round 4:45 a.m of March 7, 2021, and even earlier than the spouses have been supposedly “dragged” out of their houses.

The respondents additionally refuted allegations that they have been sporting bonnets in the course of the operation, explaining that this was “not indicative of any sinister intent on respondents’ half as the continued pandemic required them to make sure that their face masks didn’t slip or fall as they carried out the search warrants.”

Their counsel additional identified that the respondents wore their PNP uniforms displaying their names, ranks, items and serial numbers.

“This negates any accusation that respondents have been in search of to cover their identities,” stated the counsel within the memo.

“In gentle of the foregoing it’s clear there is no such thing as a possible trigger to hale respondents to trial for homicide or some other  crime and as such the captioned case have to be dismissed as it might be pure injustice to publicly convey Respondents to trial for a non-bailable offense regardless of the absence of any possible trigger,” it added.

This got here after Nationwide Union of Peoples’ Attorneys (NUPL) on Monday requested the DOJ to carry liable for 2 counts of homicide the respondent law enforcement officials who took half within the “bloody Sunday” operation final 12 months that led to the dying the Evangelista spouses.

Other than Bautista and Tenoso, the opposite respondents have been PLt.Col. Joseph Nandu Jr., PLt. Arjay Santos, PMSg. Rafael Roque, PMSg. Mark Tolentino, PSSg. Elvern Cacatian, PSSg. Rodel Sillacay, PSSg. Edgar Brinas, PCpl. Aldrin Gabrillo, PCpl. Allen Lugue, Pat. Ray Increase Increase Dalingay, Pat. Grizzly Paras, Pat. Rogelio Ninolla, Pat. Wealthy John Melniel Tumacder, Pat. Renzo Santos, and Pat. Mark Lester Padul.

The Evangelista spouses — who had led their group in opposing the development of at the very least 150 fish cages that might occupy the fishing grounds of Nasugbu, Batangas — have been shot to dying by the police on March 7, 2021.

The NUPL additionally stated that eyewitness testimonies confirmed that the law enforcement officials “drastically outnumbered the victims” and “carried their very own particular person 9mm quick service firearms and 5.56 Galil ACE 22 lengthy service firearms.”

Of their counter-affidavits on March 22, nonetheless, the law enforcement officials claimed that they didn’t even hearth their weapons.

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