Dad of slain Pasay intel chief asks PNP to check possible foul play
The father of Senior Inspector Manuel Tatayon Jr., who was slain in an operation last Sunday, asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) leadership to investigate a possible foul play after autopsy reports found that the officer was shot in the back.
Manuel Tatayon Sr. said on Tuesday that his son, who was the chief of the Pasay Police Intelligence Department, relayed prior to his death qualms about an “old” officer who refused to join him in operations.
Ironically, the same officer was allegedly present on the fateful day the officer was killed.
“Sa anak ko rin nanggaling ang theory,” Tatayon told INQUIRER.net during the wake of his son. “Ang sabi niya, ‘yong si ‘Tanda.’ SPO2, hindi niya raw mautusan, hindi niya maisama sa operation dahil ang alibi niya matanda na raw siya.”
“No’ng araw lang na ‘yon sumama, iniwan pa niya no’ng natapos ‘yong barilan ayon sa isang opisyal dyan,” he added.
The intel officer apparently received a report that Narc Delemios, who escaped a jail facility, was hiding inside the Don Carlos Revilla Village in Barangay 148 in Pasay City.
Delemios was the main suspect for the killing of a Grab driver back in October 2017. He apparently killed Tatayon, who despite being hit still managed to fire back. Delemios was eventually killed afterwards.
Earlier, PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde and National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Director Guillermo Eleazar visited the relatives of Sr. Insp. Tatayon.
Both explained to the family that according to PNP Crime Laboratory Office (CLO), the two fatal wounds at the back of the law enforcer was inflicted by the man who was the target of the operation.
An authority from the PNP Crime Laboratory noted that the slug found inside the slain officer’s body belonged to Delemios’ gun.
However. Tatayon still asked for substantial evidence, especially after it was revealed that there are still two bullets inside his son’s body, yet to be recovered because it would supposedly disfigure the body. The CLO official said that there is no point in retrieving the bullets because it did not lead to his death.
But if the family will ask for it, the PNP crime lab personnel will retrieve the remaining bullets.
“I-prove nila sa akin kung anong scenario ang ginawa sa re-enactment kung paano. Kasi tamaan sa puwet, tumaas (‘yong bala), tamaan sa likod, bumaba. Paano, umikot-ikot ‘yong anak ko? Walang gano’n. Ang tumira, ‘yong nasa likod,” he claimed.
He also dispelled talks that his son’s firearm was jammed, which made him defenseless against the suspect.
“Yong sinasabi pa nila na ‘yong baril daw ng anak ko ay nag-jam… kahit nag-jam ‘yan, sa tagal niyang humahawak ng baril, nagtuturo nga ‘yan ng mga SWAT, i-kasa mo lang ulit ‘yon eh, tatalksik ‘yong slug, puputok ulit,” he noted.
Tatayon Sr. said that he would ask the CLO to re-examine the body of his son.
“I-pa autopsy po namin. Gusto ko talaga malaman ang katotohanan. Hindi naman po kami nagsasabi agad na foul play, kung hindi ayon lang sa sinasabi ng anak ko,” he clarified.
“Anak ko ho ‘yan eh, anak ko ho. Saka malambing na tao ‘yan. Hindi ako papayag na hindi lumabas ang katotohanan,” he said. /jpv
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