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DOJ panel to probe 17 cops re murder of couple

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) assembled a panel of prosecutors to probe into the death of a couple in a joint police and military operations in Calabarzon.

To recall, a murder complaint was filed against 17 policemen reportedly involved in the killing Ariel Evagelista and Ana Mariz Lemita-Evangelista win Nasugbu, Batangas, during the service of search warrants against them.

The operations were meant to ferret out persons suspected to be affiliated with communist groups in Southern Tagalog.

Prosecutors who were designated will conduct the preliminary investigation on the murder charges.

The police-military operations in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Rizal resulted in the deaths of nine activists and injuries to several others.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) also investigated the deaths in the said operations, and filed murder charges.

They were identified in the complaint as PLtCoL. Joseph Nandu Jr., PLt. Arjay Santos, PMSg. Rafael Roque, PMSg. Mark Tolentino, PSSg. Elvern Cacatian, PSSg. Rodel Sillacay, PSSg. Edgar Brinas, PCpl. Aldrin Gabrillo, PCpl. Allen Lugue, Pat. Julio Bautista, Pat. Ray Boom Boom Dalingay, Pat. Grizzly Paras, Pat. Rogelio Ninolla, Pat. Ruel Tenoso, Pat. Rich John Melniel Tumacder, Pat. Renzo Santos and Pat. Mark Lester Padul.

Delgado said the panel has yet to issue subpoenas to the 17 respondents as no setting has been made yet for the start of the preliminary investigation.

The PI has yet to be scheduled by the panel, though Delgado said they will coordinate with them on the date.

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