Family of slain village chief doubts police ops

Princess Clea Arcellaz

ARAYAT – The family of Barangay Cupang Chairman Melvin Guevarra expressed doubt over the legitimacy of the police operation that killed the public official and four others last Saturday morning.

Guevarra’s daughter Marjorie narrated the “sketchy” turn of events before the alleged shootout happened which led to the death of their father.

Marjorie said that at around 1:00 am, his father called him to seek help after he was flagged down in a checkpoint in Barangay Meysulao in this town.

Melvin, who is also a stepson of Arayat Mayor Emmanuel Alejandrino, again called at around 1:30 am, saying he was already aboard a police car going to their house, Marjorie added.

“Sabi ko pa nga sa kanya, sandaling lang at kinakausap ni Mayor [Alejandrino] si hepe dahil buong akala namin pulis ng Arayat ang nag-checkpoint,” she narrated.

Marjorie also disclosed that his father was confused of the “actions” of the police as he did not commit any violation.

Upon reaching Melvin’s residence, Marjorie said that his father was shocked to see more police personnel waiting for them.

“Ang sabi ng father ko, nung hinuli siya, wala ng pinadaan na sasakyan. Tapos dinala na siya sa bahay, pero pagdating dun, 1:00 am pa lang daw may dumating ng pulis doon,” she narrated.

Marjorie said that it was impossible for his father to shoot a gun contrary to police reports as he was already handcuffed by law enforcers after he was arrested in the checkpoint.

“Wala pong engkwentro kagaya ng sinasabi nila. Hindi po nanlaban ang tatay ko,” she lamented.

She added that police only served the search warrant at around 6:00 am, after his father was proclaimed dead.

Marjorie also denied all the accusations thrown against Melvin and said that his father never engaged in any illegal activity.

Contrary to police claims, Marjorie said that village chief does not own any firearms except for his personal licensed gun which he keeps for protection.

She added that his father does not use any illegal drugs and was never involved in crimes related to it.

“Alam po ng mga tao dito sa amin, lalo na sa barangay namin na hindi nagda-drugs ang tatay ko kaya marami talaga ang nagulat dun sa nangyari,” she said.

The family of Melvin now cries for justice for the alleged “inhumane” killing of the Guevarra patriarch.

“Hindi po namin matanggap ang nangyaring ito dahil alam namin na walang ginagawa masama ang father ko. Hustisya po para sa tatay ko,” she said.

Melvin, Jack Pineda, Aldrin Luriz, Fermin Bato and one John Doe were killed during the police operation after allegedly engaging in a gunfire with authorities.

Pampanga Police Director Joel Consulta said that the joint elements of Pampanga Public Safety Battalion, Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) group and Pampanga Intelligence Branch were implementing Search Warrant No. 53-17 issued by Judge Celso Baguio of RTC Third Judicial Region, Gapan City, Nueva Ecija against Melvin and Pineda.