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Eleazar surprise visit proves rumors wrong; finds gun happy suspects in jail

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By Ria Fernandez 

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Guillermo Eleazar conducted a surprise inspection at Manila Police District (MPD) Station 9 amid rumors that the group of youth arrested for indiscriminate firing in Malate district last Thursday were receiving special treatment.

PNP-NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar questions the 8 of the 9 suspects in the indiscriminate firing in Malate Manila on Thursday, February 8, 2019 as he made a surprised inspection at the Manila Police station 9 in Malate Manila on Friday, February 8, 2019(photo by ali vicoy)

PNP-NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar questions 8 out of the 9 suspects in the indiscriminate firing in Malate Manila on Thursday, February 8, 2019 as he did a surprise inspection at the Manila Police station 9 in Malate Manila on Friday, February 8, 2019 (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)

Upon arrival, Eleazar was able to verify the presence of the suspects in their cell.

“Contrary to rumors that they are given protection by police or the investigation conducted was wrong, we saw that they are here and they are considered to be arrested suspects without fear or favor,” he said.

The official then confronted and scolded the suspects for their behavior.

For their part, the suspects apologized for their actions saying they were just under the influence of alcohol.

Eleazar is hoping that the case will serve as a lesson for everybody who is planning to defy the laws.

“Learn to follow the law; otherwise, this will happen to you,” he said.

It can be recalled that one of the suspects, Marjay Dominguez, alighted from a yellow Honda vehicle and took a firearm from his companion on board a white Honda car along M.H. Del Pilar corner Aldecoa Streets at around 5:40 a.m. on Feb. 7. Thereafter, he walked and fired the gun repeatedly.

The suspects already underwent inquest proceedings.

Cases such as alarm and scandal, possession of illegal firearms and ammunitions, and violation of omnibus election code will be filed against them.

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