By JOEY NACALABAN
POLICE yesterday said they were preparing to press charges against a drug suspect whom they killed in Initao town, Misamis Oriental on Saturday.
The announcement was greeted with raised brows.
Retired SPO2 Bladimer Agbalog who served in the homicide section at Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) said it is ridiculous to file a case against a dead man.
“Automatic mawala ang criminal liabilities sa patay. Ipageview na sila sa Revised Penal Code,” said Agbalog.
But Senior Insp. Arlyne Ranario, Initao police chief, maintained that what the town police planned to do is part of the process.
She said the police would press illegal possession of drugs, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and frustrated homicide against Timoteo Villano.
Villano, 35, was killed during a raid staged by the town police and the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit in Zone 14, Poblacion, Initao on Saturday. Ranario said the police had a search warrant.
Ranario claimed that Villano shot at police officers but missed any of his targets, prompting one of the officers to shoot back.
She also alleged that Villano, who was hit in the chest, was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead.
Police claimed they seized a caliber .38 revolver, a mobile phone, and six sachets of suspected shabu during the raid.