The mother of three-year-old Myca Ulpina filed Thursday criminal charges against police of Rodriguez, Rizal and the Calabarzon regional police office for the death of her husband and their daughter.
The mother, speaking on condition she would not be identified, filed murder and obstruction of justice charges with the Office of the Ombudsman against the 39 police.
At the same time, the woman, represented by lawyers from the Metro Manila chapter of the National Union of People’s Lawyers or NUPL, filed administrative complaints of gross misconduct, grave abuse of authority, and conduct unbecoming of a public official against the same cops.
On June 29, police reported they launched a buy-bust operation against Myca’s father, Renato Ulpina. Instead of surrendering, according to the police, Ulpina resisted arrest, fired his gun at the cops, and used his daughter as a “human shield.”
Myca was injured in the crossfire and rushed to a hospital, where she died the next day. Renato also died in the incident.
Myca’s mother, however, disputed the police’s narrative, saying Renato loved their daughter dearly.
She said the police operation happened when they were asleep, and that her partner and her daughter were defenseless when killed.
Senator Risa Hontiveros has called for a Senate investigation.
But this has been unacted upon by the Senate justice and human rights committee chairman Senator Ronald dela Rosa―a former police chief.