PNP Custodial Unit Chief ‘Fired’ After Leila de Lima Hostage-taking Incident
LEILA DE LIMA HOSTAGE-TAKING – The chief of the Philippine National Police’s custodial unit has been ‘fired’ after former Senator Leila De Lima was briefly taken hostage.
Following a previous article, an inmate at the Philippine National Police (PNP) custodial center in Camp Crame, where former Senator Leila de Lima is being detained, was temporarily held hostage on Sunday, October 9.
Her captor and two other prisoners were killed, but she remained unharmed. According to the police, Feliciano Sulayao Jr., an inmate, held de Lima at knifepoint in her cell after making a failed effort to escape. The incident happened around 6:30 a.m.
The cops shot and killed Feliciano Sulayao Jr., together with two other prisoners Arnel Cabintoy and Idang Susukan. As they sought to escape the center, Sulayao and two other prisoners attacked a police officer. Following then, authorities said that all three were killed.
In a tweet, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said that he would go to the detention facility to see how de Lima was doing.
In a separate statement, the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) assured the public that both De Lima and a wounded cop would receive all required medical and psychological care.
In a press briefing, PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said the chief of the Philippine National Police’s custodial division has been fired. Leila De Lima is thought to have not been a target and was instead taken hostage during a failed escape attempt.
“Initially, of course, ‘yung immediate commander doon… So tinanggal po muna natin siya. That’s automatic for administrative investigation to determine ‘yung culpability of the commander,” said Azurin.
“Si Lt. Col. Patrick Ramillano. Siya ‘yung chief ng [Headquarters Support Service] custodial facility,” he added.
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