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10 cops accused of teener’s slay cleared

The Internal Affairs Service of the Philippine National Police has cleared the 10 policemen in the June 16 operation that led to the killing of  a 16-year-old boy in Laguna.

The  PNP said the IAS  probe found “no indication that the two suspects were killed in cold blood.”

The  PNP said no witness surfaced to attest to the alleged execution of the two. It also said not even the family of Jhondy Maglinte Helis, the teenage fatality, cooperated with the investigation.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar expressed confidence in the findings.

With the release of the investigation, it was again proven that there is no truth in the allegations that the drug-related operations of PNP are stained with abuses like what others want it to appear, Eleazar said.

On June 16, Laguna Police Intelligence Unit operatives conducted an anti-illegal drug operation against drug suspect Antonio Dalit in Biñan City.

Police said Dalit and his companion, Helis, engaged the operatives in a firefight and were subsequently killed.

Helis’ family had denied the police’s claim that the teenager fought it out with the policemen who were serving an arrest warrant against Dalit. They said they were informed that Helis was handcuffed and begging the police not to kill him.

According to a relative of Dalit, the suspect had no firearm contrary to the claim of the police, adding that the weapon that the police presented was an airsoft gun.

Topics: Philippine National Police , PNP , Internal Affairs Service , teenage killing , PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar
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