By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
A police officer, who allegedly killed six-year-old Gian Habal, underwent inquest proceedings at the Caloocan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Tuesday afternoon.
P/Cpl. Rocky Delos Reyes is charged with murder and attempted murder cases before the fiscal’s office. He is also charged for violation of the election gun ban.
P/Col. Restituto Arcangel, Caloocan City police chief, said Delos Reyes already faced two administrative cases before. One is for firing his gun in a birthday party last year, while the other is after “admitting” that he went on duty while he was drunk.
Delos Reyes was asked by the fiscal for a statement but he “invoked his rights to have a counsel,” P/Maj. Enrique Torres, assistant city chief of police for operations, said.
Delos Reyes was reportedly chasing a wanted drug personality identified as Joevannie Mosquito on a path walk in Barangay 178, Camarin, Caloocan when he opened fire on Sunday at around 2:20 p.m.
Delos Reyes said there was a firefight between him and the person he was chasing. But witnesses said, they only heard one gunshot.
Habal, who was then playing outside their house, was hit by a stray bullet allegedly from the police.
Habal was rushed to the Caloocan City North Medical Center by his mother, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Meanwhile, Elsa Montañez, his grandmother, was also wounded after Delos Reyes allegedly shot her in her left feet when she tried to stop him from escaping.
Delos Reyes told the police that when he “felt that people would mob him, his only resort was to fire his gun.”
But witnesses denied Delos Reyes’ claim and said that they were scared and were inside their houses