Jemboy Baltazar's companion reveals cop forced him to sign affidavit
Jemboy Baltazar's companion reveals cop forced him to sign affidavit
Jemboy Baltazar's companion reveals cop forced him to sign affidavit
by Mary Antalan30 August 2023
Screengrab from Senate of the Philippines YouTube

The companion of the "mistaken identity" victim in Navotas, Jemboy Baltazar, disclosed on Wednesday that he was forced to make an affidavit claiming that the 17-year-old victim had drugs and a gun during the incident.

Sonny Boy Augustillo, who was with Baltazar when cops accidentally shot him, did his first testament after being asked by Senator Risa Hontiveros during the continuation of the Senate hearing for the case.

Hontiveros asked Augustillo to clarify his aforementioned statement that someone told him to put in your affidavit that Jemboy had a gun and illegal drugs.

Augustillo agreed and referred to Police Captain Mark Joseph Carpio, the team leader of the operations, telling him to consider the policemen who might lose their jobs.

"Opo, ma’am. Para po daw po sa kapulisan na mawawala raw sa serbisyo. ‘Yun po ang sabi sa 'kin ni Captain Carpio," Augustillo said.

Carpio, however, denied the allegation.

Hontiveros also asked Augustillo to confirm if the policemen hurt and threatened him after the incident.

"Totoo ba na sinaktan ka ng pulis habang kinukuhanan ka ng statement, habang dinala ka nila sa station?" Hontiveros asked.

Augustillo responded, saying: "Pinagsusuntok po nila ako sa tagiliran ko po. Tatlong beses lang po pero malalakas po yung suntok na ‘yun."

According to Augustillo, the person who punched him was wearing civilian clothes and a member of SAID, which Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, the committee chairman, said refers to the Special Anti-Illegal Drugs Unit.

Senators asked Augustillo to check if the person who punched him was among the policemen present at the hearing.

Caprio identified six policemen who were wearing civilian clothes at that time, but Augustillo said the person who hurt him was not among them.

Augustillo said the man who punched him was small, had a moustache, and was known by Carpio.

Carpio, however, asserted that neither police officers nor assets fit the description provided by Augustillo.

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