NBI Files Raps Against 11 Albay Cops for Killing “Nanlaban” Men During Buy-Bust
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed murder raps against 11 Albay cops who killed 3 men allegedly “nanlaban” during a buy-bust operation.
In another case of suspected ‘nanlaban,’ the NBI has filed murder and evidence-planting charges against Albay Police personnel before the Department of Justice (DOJ). Jose Maria Arvin Bautista, Ramon Mutuc Jr., and Gregorio Garcia were the casualties, according to the report.
All of the victims were Valenzuela residents. Bautista, a GrabCar driver, persuaded Mutuc, a mechanic, to join him to Bicol to pick up the car for Garcia, who employed him, according to the family.
The victims did not die in an encounter, according to the NBI-Death Investigation Division (DID) study, and the evidence against them was falsified in December 2021. The victims were shot at a different location and then dramatized to make it look that they were slain in a buy-bust operation.
The NBI recommended that Oas Police Chief Maj. Jerald John Villafuerte, Maj. Ray Anthony Villanueva, Capt. Raul Racho, Lt. Victor Borjal, Staff Sgt. Mark Anthony Reblora, Master Sgt. Nestor Salire Jr., Pat. Geofrey Avila, Senior Master Sgt. Romeo Raro Jr., Chief Master Sgt. Marvin Boral, Staff Sgt. Henry Ballon, and Staff Sgt. Mark Jay Sevilla to be charged with criminal raps.
The remains of the victims, which were unearthed at the family’s request to investigate the cause of death, demonstrate that Bautista did not die from the single gunshot wounds described in a police autopsy report, according to the NBI report. The NBI medico legal team found another bullet that was still whole at the victim’s body, according to the NBI.
The victims tested negative for powder burns in the paraffin test and the forensic test to determine if they were shot, according to the NBI forensic investigation. There were no gunshot holes in the windshield of the automobile they were traveling in, particularly in the driver’s seat.
Furthermore, the bullet wounds were downward, implying that the victims were shot while on their knees. The case in question is not one of the 152 instances that the Philippine National Police has turned over to the Department of Justice for evaluation and decision of whether the authorities broke the law while executing the purported buy-bust operation.
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