MANILA, Philippines – Police confirmed that the supposed stray bullet that killed 6-year-old Gian Habal in Caloocan City came from the cop who was conducting an "illegal" operation in the child's area.
In a phone interview with Rappler, Metro Manila police chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar said the bullet recovered from the child matched the gun of Corporal Rocky delos Reyes. The two spent bullet cases found at the crime scene also only matched the cop's pistol, Eleazar said.
"Base ito sa advanced information from our laboratory (This is based on the advanced information from our laboratory), the official report is to follow.... Sinabihan ko na rin si Chief PNP (I also relayed this to the PNP chief)," Eleazar said.
He added that the pieces of evidence recovered and the testimonies from witnesses point to Delos Reyes lying about the shooting happening in the first place.
Eleazar also assured the public that Delos Reyes would be kicked out of the police service, since it has been established that he performed acts outside his duties as a member of the city police's administration unit.
"Sure na ito. Ang daming iregular sa kanyang operation (This is sure. There are so many irregularities in the operation)," Eleazar said.
Delos Reyes initially told his colleagues at the Caloocan City Police Station that he was conducting patrols when he supposedly saw a suspect and chased after him. He ended up in front of the house of the child in Barangay 178, Caloocan City, where he supposedly engaged in a shootout with the suspect.
Following the encounter, Habal was hit by a bullet in the head. Delos Reyes shot the foot of the boy's grandmother, 65-year-old Elsa Montañez, when she tried to keep him from fleeing the scene.