ICPO on Smallville shooting: ‘We got no bias’

BY RUBY SILUBRICO

Thursday, December 7, 2017

ILOILO City – Senior Superintendent Henry Biñas dispelled suspicions that the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) was biased in investigating the shooting at Smallville that killed a 24-year-old man from Jaro district.

The ICPO director welcomed any parallel investigation into the incident.

Rey Myr Tan of Lawaan Village, Jaro was shot at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. He was taken to the Iloilo Doctors’ Hospital where he expired.

(In earlier news articles on this paper, the first name of the victim was spelled “Remier,” as stated in police spot reports. The Mandurriao police later confirmed that the correct first name is Rey Myr. – Ed.)

Vanlen Jyru Joseph Hulleza, 22, has been charged with murder for Tan’s death.

Hulleza’s father Bong went to the National Bureau of Investigation Region 6 on Monday and asked that the agency look into the incident as well.

Bong and legal counsel Fhymor Gascon claimed that Hulleza was a victim of mistaken identity.

“Whoever will conduct a parallel investigation is very much welcome,” Biñas said.

He insisted that they had “nothing to hide” in their investigation.

“What we have done was in accordance with the revelations of the witnesses, and we have evidence to support the allegations of the witnesses,” Biñas said.

Three witnesses “positively identified” the accused and the vehicle he used, a white Suzuki Jimny, the police official said.

“The CCTV (closed-circuit television) footage showed that the white vehicle he used was the same we recovered at a parking area in Barangay Sambag, Jaro,” said Biñas.

“There’s no bias in our investigation,” stressed the ICPO director. “We don’t know both the accused and the victim.”

Citing accounts from their witnesses, police said Tan was walking with friends at Smallville when Hulleza’s vehicle stopped next to them.

Hulleza, who was at the passenger’s seat, opened the window and shot Tan using a .9mm pistol, said the police.

Another person was driving the vehicle. The unidentified driver sped away thereafter, said Chief Inspector Juvy Navales, Mandurriao police chief.

A murder case was filed against Hulleza on Tuesday at the City Prosecutor’s Office.

His two friends, on the other hand, were charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly blocking police investigators on Monday.

Along with Hulleza, Med Reach Jay Luable, 25, of Barangay Gines, Janiuay, Iloilo and Marben Ferrer, 29, also of Sambag, Jaro were detained at the Mandurriao police station.

Meanwhile, Biñas sent additional police officers to Smallville aside from the regular Mandurriao officers patrolling the area.

All in all, there were now 22 officers detailed in the entertainment complex from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., said Biñas./PN