A policeman in Calamba City, Laguna is facing homicide charges for shooting a 19-year-old man early Sunday morning.
At the hospital, the victim was identified as Joevil Brian Pelletero, an employee of a sports apparel store.
Police identified the suspect as Police Cpl. Javier Ian Jaquilmac Medel, 37, and assigned to the Cabuyao City Police Station.
According to Laguna Police Provincial Office spokesperson Lt. Col. Chitadel Gaoiran, the shooting took place at Acacia St. CERIS I Village in Barangay Canlubang around 2:25 p.m.
During the initial investigation, the subdivision guard heard gunshots and discovered the victim lying on the ground. The suspect was also there holding a long gun and he immediately surrendered.
Pelletero was taken to the Global Medical Center but also died.
According to those who spoke to the police, Medel and Pelletero were seen drinking with 2 other people before the incident. The two allegedly got into a fight, which led to the shooting.
The suspect’s defense to the police was that someone knocked on his house at dawn asking for help. But when the police came out, the victim suddenly appeared so he shot him.
Twelve rounds of 5.56 mm ammunition were recovered from the crime scene, but the weapon itself was not recovered.
Pelletero is a native of Zamboanga Del Sur and is survived by his wife and 1-year-old son.
His relatives are calling for financial help to get his body home from Laguna.
The police were charged on Tuesday.
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Alys Ronnie, a resident of Cabanatuan City and still traveling to other towns in Nueva Ecija to push drugs, was the first to get killed in the dark part of Barangay Gulod, according to police.
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They were identified as Danilo Botones on the drugs watchlist, and cousins Roland Maniquiz and Leo Angeles. The three are also foreigners from General Tinio.