Cops in ‘Bloody Sunday’ raid want charges against 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

MANILA, Philippines — Seventeen police officers who were indicted over the 2021 murder of political activists on what was known as the “Bloody Sunday” raid in several areas in Southern Luzon have asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to dismiss the charges filed against them.

In three separate memoranda on Thursday, the respondents through their respective counsels asked the DOJ to dismiss the charges due to the  “absence of any probable cause” for the gruesome murder of Ariel and his wife Ana Mariz “Chai” Lemita Evangelista inside their home in Nasugbu, Batangas, on March 7, 2021.ADVERTISEMENT

One of the pleadings, from the counsel of Pat. Bautista, and Pat. Tenoso, stated that “there is no physical evidence or even testimonial showing Respondents were the ones who shot the spouses Evangelista or performed any overt acts leading to their deaths.”

Bautista and Tenoso explained that they arrived at the scene at around 4:45 a.m of March 7, 2021, or even before the spouses were supposedly “dragged” out of their homes.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOBaste Duterte reacts to Walden Bello’s actions inside Davao City’s legislative hallNEWSINFORobredo did not make any withdrawal call – spokespersonNEWSINFOLOOK: Pagasa shares photos of large sunspot groups

The respondents also refuted allegations that they were wearing bonnets during the operation, explaining that this was “not indicative of any sinister intent on respondents’ part as the ongoing pandemic required them to ensure that their face masks did not slip or fall as they implemented the search warrants.”

Their counsel further pointed out that the respondents wore their PNP uniforms displaying their names, ranks, units and serial numbers.

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