Anakbayan member beaten up and killed by police in Navotas City
UA No: 2011-05-01
UA Date :May 10, 2011
UA Case :Summary Execution
Victim/s : JERWIN DE ANTONIO, 27 years old, single, Fisherman Resident of Block 6, Bagong Silang, San Jose village, Navotas City
Member of Anakbayan
Place of Incident : Navotas West, Navotas City, Metro Manila
Date of Incident : April 21, 2011
Alleged Perpetrator(s) : Police Officer 1 Ronie dela Cruz and two other policemen identified only as PO1 Carancho and PO1 Gonzales
Account of the Incident:
In the evening of April 20, Jerwin was fetched by a colleague from his house, and the two went to the market where they got some fish to sell. The two then split up the money they earned from selling fish and proceeded to the Boulevard where they went their separate ways.
Witnesses said that a few minutes later, they saw the three police men PO1 Ronie dela Cruz, Carancho and Gonzales forced Jerwin into their patrol vehicle. Witnesses said the police men proceeded to beat up Jerwin inside the vehicle, while the victim flailed his arms and asked for help.
The three police men brought Jerwin to the Police Station 3, Navotas City where they charged him with vagrancy. The police men then brought Jerwin to a lying-in clinic near the San Jose church for a medical check-up. After this, at around 5 am, witnesses said the police brought Jerwin to a side street near a barangay outpost in Navotas West. Two witnesses said they saw Jerwin being beaten up by the three policemen, two of whom were in uniform while the third was in civilian clothes.
They heard Jerwin shouting and pleading: “Sir, please stop it, enough” and asking for help. While Jerwin cried, the policemen only answered “Run!” The policemen also pushed a gun to the victim to make him fight back. The witnesses heard four gunshots then saw the policemen toss Jerwin like a dead animal into a tricycle. A piece of paper that was left in the scene and turned out to be Jerwin’s medical certificate from the lying-in clinic was seen taken by a barangay tanod.
At 5:25 am, policemen brought Jerwin’s body to the Tondo General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. He was still
unidentified when his body was brought to the Marcello Funenaria in Tangos, Navotas City.
Jerwin was the eldest child and the family breadwinner. His family was already worried because he did not go home. On April 21, at 3 pm, Jerwin’s siblings started looking for him around Malabon and Navotas. They went to the Navotas City hall where they were directed to the Navotas City police. At the police station, a policeman in civilian clothes said that they had no information about it and directed them instead to the Malabon City Jail. The victim’s siblings went to where they were directed and found nothing. By evening, Jerwin’s siblings were still asking around when someone mentioned about a shooting in the coastal area.
Witnesses description of the victim matched that of Jerwin, particularly, the clothes that he was wearing when he left the house. The siblings then went back to the Navotas City Police station where policemen asked for a picture and documents about the victim. The police interrogated the victim’s siblings and insisted that they give the police the documents. Jerwin’s siblings refused. The police then told them that his body was already at the funenaria.
At 1 am on April 22, Jerwin’s siblings went to the morgue and confirmed that he was the one who was killed at a shooting in the coastal area.
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