Cop faces murder, illegal possession of gun raps for alleged shooting in a bar
MANILA, Philippines — Criminal complaints were filed against a police officer who was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a man during a brawl inside a bar in Quezon city on October 3.
According to Quezon City Police District chief Brigadier General Redrico Maranan, Patrolman Edwin Rivera is facing charges of murder and illegal possession of firearms, along with two others.
Rivera is a 26-year-old police officer assigned to the Regional Mobile Force Battalion of Philippine National Police (PNP) – National Capital Region.
“Sa kasalukuyan ay nakakulong ang suspect at sinampahan na ng kasong murder at illegal possession of firearms in relation to Omnibus Election Code for gun ban,” Maranan said in a statement.
(The suspect is currently in jail and has been charged with murder and illegal possession of firearms in relation to Omnibus Election Code for gun ban.)
“Kasama sa sinampahan ng kaso ang dalawang kasama ng pulis na sina Joshua Balisalin at isang John Doe (unidentified) na ngayon ay patuloy na pinaghahanap ng ating kapulisan,” he added
(Others who are also charged with the case are his two companions, Joshua Balisalin and a John Doe, who are both at large.)
Based on the police report, the shooting incident occurred around 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday after a fight ensued between Rivera and the victim at the Spotlight Beer Bar and Cocktail Lounge in Barangay Novaliches Proper.
The service crew who witnessed the incident sought the assistance of Novaliches Police Station operatives, who immediately responded and apprehended the suspect.
Rivera is currently under the custody of PNP – Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit.
The cases against him were filed before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.