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PNP Chief Eleazar orders probe into Albay activist killings

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National Police Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar ordered an investigation into an incident in Albay where policemen shot two activists dead.

In a statement, Eleazar said he tasked the PNP Internal Affairs Service to conduct the investigation and Bicol regional police director Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo to place the involved lawmen under restrictive custody.

Earlier, the group Defend Bicol claimed that activists Jemar Palero, 22 and Marlon Naperi, 38, were shot dead by police while spray-painting protest slogans in Brgy. Lower Binogsacan, Guinobatan, on Monday morning.

Local police, on the other hand, said in their report that the activists were armed and fired on the cops, so the lawmen retaliated.

“Upang maalis ang mga haka-haka at alegasyon tungkol sa pagkamatay ng dalawa umanong aktibista sa Albay, inatasan ko na ang Internal Affairs Service sa pamumuno ni Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo na tutukan at pabilisin ang isinasagawang imbestigasyon upang bigyan ng linaw kung ano ba talaga ang nangyari dito,” Eleazar said.

Eleazar appealed to the public to let the investigation take its course before making conclusions on the incident.

“Makakaasa ang ating mga kababayan ng patas at malalimang imbestigasyon,” he said.

“Nananawagan din tayo sa mga nakasaksi o may nalalaman sa insidente na  makipagtulungan sa mga imbestigador para mabigyang-linaw ang kasong ito,” Eleazar added.

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