Nueva Vizcaya top cops fired over 'lapses' in Randy Malayao slay probe

MANILA, Philippines – Two police officials in Nueva Vizcaya have been sacked on Friday, February 1, by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde after allegedly committing "lapses" in probing the killing of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Randy Malayao.

Nueva Vizcaya top cop Senior Superintendent Jeremias Aglugub and Aritao town police commander Chief Inspector Geovanni Cejes were sacked specifically for "mishandling evidence at the crime scene", PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac told reporters in a text message.

Malayao was shot dead while asleep inside an Isabela-bound bus in Nueva Vizcaya early morning Wednesday, January 30. (READ: NDF: Killing of Randy Malayao means more attacks against peace consultants)

“The victim was still inside the bus when the suspect gunman went inside the bus then fired two successive shots upon the victim causing his untimely death,” said the spot report.

Cops recovered a bullet and two pieces of cartridge case at the scene. While it is rare that police commanders themselves handle pieces of evidence, they are usually sacked because of command responsibility if their subordinates commit compromising mistakes. –

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.