By Joseph Almer Pedrajas

The family of six-year-old Gian Habal expressed relief over the dismissal of the police officer who was tagged in shooting and killing the boy.

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(Photo courtesy of Northern Police District)

Rocky Delos Reyes, a former Caloocan police, was dismissed from his service last week after the Philippine National Police (PNP) found him guilty of grave misconduct after finding “substantial evidence to establish his administrative liability” in the death of Habal and the injury of Elsa Montañez.

In an interview with the Manila Bulletin, Montañez, Habal’s grandmother, said that she is happy about the decision of the national police.

“Dapat lang ‘yun na mangyari sa kanya. Biruin mo, sinira nya [ang reputasyon] ng mga pulis na matitino,” she said after their pre-trial on Monday morning.

[He deserves his dismissal because he tainted the reputation of the police officers who are doing good deeds.]

Montañez, who still cannot walk straight almost two months after sustaining a gunshot wound in her left foot, also said that the dismissal of Delos Reyes should be a lesson to other police officers who are firing indiscriminately.

“‘Yung ginawa nya, wala sa tamang position. Kasi kung nasa katinuan sya, ‘di nya ‘yun gagawin,” she added.

[What he did was not right. If he’s in the right mind, he would not have done it]

Montañez also believes that they will get justice as there are “enough evidences” to convict Delos Reyes.

“‘Pag nanalo yung kaso nya, gagawa at gagawa pa ‘yan ng ganyan. Hindi na dapat patagalin ang kaso nya, andito naman lahat ng complainants,” she said.

[He would continue doing such thing if he would be set free. His case should not take long. All the complainants are here]

“Alam ko na kami papanigan ng Diyos kasi wala kaming ginawang masama sa kapwa namin,” she added.

[I know that God will side with us because we have not done anything bad to anyone]

Habal was killed last April 28 when he was hit by a bullet fired by Delos Reyes who was then reportedly chasing a wanted personality.

Montañez, on the other hand, sustained a gunshot wound after Delos Reyes shot at her when she tried to stop him from escaping the incident.

Delos Reyes is now facing murder, attempted murder, violation of firearms and ammunition law, and violation of election gunban cases before the Caloocan Regional Trial Court (RTC).


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