Police leader in Mandaluyong ‘misencounter’ surfaces at NCRPO

MANILA -- The leader of the Mandaluyong Police team who figured in the shooting that killed two persons and wounded two others last Dec. 28 has surfaced at the National Capital Region Police Office in Taguig City on Wednesday.

This was announced by PNP Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa in a report by Radyo Pilipinas Thursday.

He identified the police official as Senior Insp. Maria Cristina Vasquez who was absent without official leave (AWOL) since Dec. 30.

Dela Rosa said Vasquez along with nine other police officers would be placed under restrictive custody while the case is being investigated.

The nine other lawmen were identified as:

PO1 Alfred Uribe

PO2 Nel Lemuel Songalia

PO1 Jave Arellano

PO1 Tito Danao

PO1 Mark Castillo

PO1 Julius Libuen

PO1 Bryan Nicolas

PO1 Albert Buwag

PO1 Kim Ruford Tibunsay

Meanwhile, Mandaluyong Police commander Senior Supt. Moises Villaceran was ordered relieved from his post as a result of the incident.

The shooting took place at the corner of Wack-Wack and Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong past 10 p.m.

Police fired on the Mitsubishi Adventure, which was transporting a woman wounded in an earlier shooting incident in Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong, thinking that it was the getaway vehicle of the suspects.

The lawmen got this impression based on the report of barangay tanods who earlier responded to a shooting incident in the above-mentioned area.

The wounded victim, identified as Jonalyn Ambaon, was killed along with her companion while two others were hurt including the vehicle's driver and Ambaon's live-in-partner.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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