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PAO to provide legal aid to shooting victim in Mandaluyong

A civilian who was among those shot by Mandaluyong policemen and barangay watchmen on Shaw Boulevard will be defended by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO).

PAO chief Persida Rueda- Acosta said her office would instead provide legal assistance to one of the two wounded civilians, adding her agency is unlikely to defend the policemen in the case.
“It was the survivor in the shooting who was first to seek our assistance. Mr. Eliseo Aluad was referred to us by members of the media,” she revealed in an interview yesterday.
The PAO chief said she would meet Aluad tomorrow to discuss the case against the policemen and watchmen. Aluad is among the two civilians wounded during the shooting incident. The other one was identified as Danilo Santiago Jr.
Acosta explained in cases of opposing parties both seeking assistance from her office, it would be whoever was first to make the request that will be given PAO assistance. We cannot represent both parties in the same case because that would be conflict of interest on our part,” she pointed out.
The PAO chief said this was also the case in the earlier criminal charges against Caloocan policemen for the killings of teenagers Kian Lloyd de los Santos, Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Reynaldo “Kulot” de Guzman during anti-narcotics operations last August.
In the latest “mistaken identity” case, the 10 policemen and three watchmen involved had already been charged with homicide before Mandaluyong City Prosecutor’s Office.
The Mandaluyong policemen charged were Senior Insp. Cristina Vasquez, Police Officer 2 Nel Songalia and PO1s Kim Tinbusay, Bryan Nicolas, Julius Livuen, Ariel Uribe, Jave Arellano, Tito Danao, Mark Castillo and Albert Buwag.
Barangay watchmen Wilmer Duron, Ernesto Fajardo and Gilbert Gulpo were also charged for the killing of Jonalyn Ambaon and Jomar Hayawon, the two civilians who were killed during the shooting incident.
Ambaon was being rushed to the hospital after being shot during an earlier incident. The policemen then opened fire at the van carrying the victim, thinking the passengers were the suspects in the incident.

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