- 3 alleged members of a vigilante group in Manila were arrested
- PNP Chief De la Rosa presented the suspects before the media
- A mother of one of their victims positively identified the suspects
Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald De la Rosa presented before members of the media three alleged members of a vigilante group believed to be behind several summary executions in Manila.
In a press conference, PNP Chief De la Rosa said the arrest of the suspects proves that the police are not behind the so called extra-judicial killings as some people believe.
“This only proves that it is not the police who are responsible for what they termed as extra-judicial killings. These people admitted to killing some drug suspects which we classify as Death Under Investigation (DUI),” Dela Rosa said.
According to Manila Bulletin, the PNP Chief identified the suspects as Manuel Murillo, 33; Marco Murallos, 33; and, Alfredo Alejan, 42. They are all members of a civilian organization – the Civilian Voluntary Organization – created to assist police in anti-criminality operations. The suspects also claimed to be members of a little-known group called Confederate Sentinels Group.
De la Rosa said the suspects were positively identified by the mother of one of their victims.
The suspects were presented on TV in the hope that more complainants against the vigilante group would come out and in the process solve many DUIs: