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Rod Tajon, in an article for Northern Dispatch Weekly, writes about the removal of PNP Currimao chief, Ryan Retutar, for human rights violations in his region:
A chief of police has been relieved from his post as a result of the complaints filed against him at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Internal Affairs Services (RIAS).
According to Mila Marcelo, deputy secretary general of IHRA-KARAPATAN, PSI Ryan Retutar, chief-of-police of Currimao PNP has been removed from office while administrative complaints against him are being pursued at the RIAS.
This was reported by the Investigation Unit of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Regional Office 1 during their visit at the IHRA-KARAPATAN office last February.
Marcelo welcomed this development adds credence that “the police and military had a hand in the extrajudicial killing of Carlo Magbulos and frustrated extrajudicial killings of his four companions.”
Also, IHRA-KARAPATAN was able to obtain a copy of the result of the gun powder test conducted by the Regional Crime Laboratory of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Carlo Magbulos. The report attested that Magbulos was negative of gun powder burns, contradicting the allegations of the PNP-Ilocos Norte that he fired at them first.
“This confirmed our earlier findings that no encounter happened. The police and military, in fact, have already positioned themselves and directly fired at the unarmed Magbulos and his companions, and to cover-up their violations, they falsely accused the Currimao 5 as members of a Private Armed Group (PAG).” Marcelo said.
In October 2012, joint elements of PNP and 81st IBPA fired at Magbulos and his 4 companions while on their way home after their farm work. Magbulos died, while one of his four companions was wounded and nearly died. Aside from the 5, the barangay captain of Gulpeng, Pinili, Ilocos Norte, and several residents of the same barangay were illegally arrested and detained after the incident.
The Currimao 5 filed a complaint at the CHR last December 2012 and are still waiting for its resolution.