10 Laguna cops accused of executing minor, companion in Biñan drug op cleared

(Eagle News) — The ten Laguna policemen who have been accused of executing two people–including a minor–during an anti-illegal operation in Binan in June have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

In a statement, Philippine National Police Chief Guillermo Eleazar said the Internal Affairs Service found no indication the 16-year-old boy and his companion, Antonio Dalit, were shot in cold blood during the operation led by Laguna intelligence chief Police Capt. Fernando Credo in Barangay Canlalay on June 16.

Eleazar said no witness came forward to attest to the claim of the minor’s family.

He said the family of the boy also refused to cooperate in the investigation.

“Sa paglabas ng imbestigasyon na ito ng IAS, muling napatunayan na walang katotohanan ang mga paratang na may drug-related operations ang PNP na may bahid ng pang-aabuso gaya ng gustong palabasin ng iba,” Eleazar said.

The Laguna policemen earlier said they were about to serve a warrant for the arrest of Dalit, one of the ten most wanted in the province, but the two opened fire.

A shootout ensued where Dalit and the boy were killed.

The boy’s family denied the police version of the story, saying Dalit did not own a gun and did not know how to shoot.

Some members of the boy’s family said according to witnesses, the boy was pleading for his life but the police executed him anyway.

The 10 policemen were held in the police regional headquarters after the incident.