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MANILA, Philippines -- Malacanang said the abuses of the informal settlers of Silverio Compound will also be investigated by the Department of Interior and Local Government.
“We are looking into the whole incident not only on the abuses by the policemen. We are also looking into why it happened,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said on Wednesday.
Lacierda assured the Commission on Human Rights of the full cooperation of the Philippine National Police in their parallel investigation.
“The DILG is investigating the whole matter. And insofar as the CHR is concerned, we are promising full cooperation on the part of the PNP,” the Palace official said.
“There were a number of questions that came out two days ago accusing the government of this demolition. Let me state for the record that the demolition order was issued by the regional trial court. It’s not by the national government,” Lacierda added.
As of Wednesday, Interior chief Jesse Robredo said the bullet that killed the 20-year-old resident of Silverio Compound, Arnel Tolentino, did not come from the M-16 rifles of the Parañaque Special Weapons and Tactics unit.
Robredo said one of the arrested residents also tested positive for gun powder.
An autopsy report from the National Bureau of Investigation showed the victim sustained a gunshot wound probably from a 9mm or a caliber .38 revolver.