- A buy-bust operation was conducted by police operatives in a house in Caloocan City
- Police recovered a gun and several shabu sachets from the house of the suspect
- Police alleged that suspect was fighting back which was why he was shot
Another perceived lawless element of society died after an encounter with the police. A suspected male alleged to have fought police officers during the buy-bust conducted last Tuesday night was shot and died.
Roberto 'Betong' Dominguez was said to be the subject of the buy-bust operation. Police recovered a .38 caliber gun and several sachets of suspected shabu in Domiguez’s house.
The mother of Dominguez could not accept the fate of her son. While police officers said that Dominguez tried to break free and fought back, a contrary statement was given by Dominguez’s relatives.
According to Dominguez’s kin, Roberto was not fighting back in any manner. He was not also attempting to flee from the police conducting the operations. Yet despite this, the police officers shot him.
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Dominguez’s case is just among the series of questionable arrests and buy-bust operations of drug suspects. Many have died during an arrest, with police officers saying that these suspects were shot because they tried to fight back or flee. The use of reasonable force in arresting suspects has always been enunciated by the Supreme Court in its decisions, and gunning down an unarmed or overpowered individual is not one of them.
Senator Leila De Lima has already expressed her intention to initiate a Senate inquiry into the series of deaths of drug suspects, which coincidentally occurred during these buy-bust operations.
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The Commission on Human Rights also shared the sentiments of the senator and had even sent a strong warning against possible violations of human rights. Under the law, suspects have in their favor the presumption of innocence, and that presumption can only be overcome by a court’s guilty verdict. Until then, they have rights that must be respected.
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On the other hand, PNP Chief Ronaldo 'Bato' Dela Rosa has been very vocal in supporting the PNP in their drive to arrest drug suspects. Solicitor General Jose Calida likewise urged policemen not to be afraid of a possible congressional inquiry.-SD, Kami Media