On Wednesday, Philippine National Police Chief Guillermo Eleazar offered his sincerest apology to the Filipino public after a member of his force killed a woman in Quezon City.
The cop in question, Police Master Sergeant Hensie Zinampan, killed 52-year-old Lilibeth Valdez in Barangay Greater Fairview Monday (May 31).
The killing of Valdez was captured on video, where a drunk Zinampan can be seen pulling the victim’s hair and shooting her in the neck.
A day after Valdez’s murder, Zinampan was arrested and was handed to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit of the Quezon City Police District.
Chief Eleazar immediately filed a murder complaint and an administrative claim against the perpetrator.
PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar confronts on Tuesday, June 1, Police Master Sgt. Hensie Zinampan at the QCPD headquarters at Camp Karingal. The erring cop was tagged in the viral cold-blooded murder of a 52-year old woman in Quezon City.— Philippine National Police (@pnppio) June 1, 2021
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The public was in an uproar throughout the whole ordeal with social media being flooded with the hashtag #PulisAngTerorista.
According to Eleazar, he understands the public’s sentiments and that they’re entitled to feel outraged about the unfortunate incident.
“Nakakalungkot pero hindi ko masisi ang ating mga kababayan. They are entitled to their own opinion pati sentiments,” he told GMA News.
Eleazar also apologized on behalf of PNP, noting the defense organization will do its best to restore the public’s faith.
“Para sa ating mga kababayan, humihingi po kami ng dispensa. Sana po bigyan niyo po kami ng pagkakataon,” he said.
In December of last year, the killing of a mother and son – Sonya Rufino Gregorio and Frank Anthony Rufino Gregorio – from Paniqui, Tarlac also raised the ire of the public towards the uniformed personnel.
Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca, who fatally shot Sonya and Frank, has since been dismissed from his duty and is on trial for double murder charges.
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