5 cops face murder raps for death of Siman aide

Posted at 02/12/2013 7:44 PM

MANILA -- Five policemen were charged with murder by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) for killing Fernando "Pandoy" Morales, an alleged aide of suspected jueteng operator Vic Siman, during a police operation last January 14.

CIDG Deputy Director for Operations Senior Supt. Keith Singian, who led the fact-finding investigation on the case, said one police official and four non-commissioned officers were charged with murder at the Batangas City Prosecutor's Office.

The five policemen were allegedly the ones who entered the house of Morales in San Juan town, Batangas.

Singian said two of them admitted firing their .45-caliber service firearms at Morales.

Twenty-three other policemen involved in the operation also face administrative charges over the incident.

The killing of Morales came in the wake of the Atimonan, Quezon shooting incident where Siman and 12 others were killed at a police checkpoint.

Morales was killed after allegedly fighting his arresting officers.

However, Pandoy's wife, Merlita, said her husband was not even armed and had shown willingness to be subjected to police search and questioning.

She also said the policemen told her they had a search warrant but were not able to present any document. -- Report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM