DZRH EXCLUSIVE: Father narrates 15-year-old son’s experience before shot death in Rodriguez, Rizal
DZRH EXCLUSIVE: Father narrates 15-year-old son’s experience before shot death in Rodriguez, Rizal
DZRH EXCLUSIVE: Father narrates 15-year-old son’s experience before shot death in Rodriguez, Rizal
by Daylight Abas25 August 2023

Napoleon Ompad, the father of 15-year-old John Francis Ompad who was fatally shot to death by a police officer in Rodriguez, Rizal, could not hide his pain while narrating the incident prior to his son’s killing.

In an exclusive interview with Edniel Parrosa on DZRH’s Dos Por Dos on Friday, Napoleon expressed his grief as he burst into tears, saying that he could not understand why it happened to his son.

"Parang dinaanan ako ng delubyo, matinding sakit. Matinding sakit ang naramdaman ko kasi hindi ko akalain na ganoon ang mangyayari sa akin," he emotionally said.

"Hindi ko maintindihan talaga. Di mo akalain na sa tapat ng bahay mo, diyan pala mamamatay ang anak mo, diyan pala babarilin," Napoleon added.

On August 20, John Francis was shot dead in front of their house, which is supposedly the safest place for them, after police officer Arnulfo Sabillo chased after his older brother, John Ace.

According to John Ace, he had no idea why Sabillo, who was not wearing his police uniform and was drunk, chased after him until the front of the Ompad’s residence.

To provide further details, Napoleon narrated the fatal incident prior to his death.

"Si John Ace, hinabol ng nagpakilalang pulis. Dito sa bahay kumatok at sakto naman na bumunot ng baril yung naghahabol sa kanya," he started off with the moment his eldest son was chased by Sabillo.

"Nilabanan niya, inambahan niya ng bato, umabante ng kaunti tinuloy niya ang pambabato," he continued.

"Di niya alam na yung katok niya naramdaman ni John Francis. Di niya alam na lumabas pala si John Francis. Pagbato niya, natumba yung dalawang magkaangkas na sinasabing pulis, doon bumunot ng baril at pinagbabaril si John Ace, at si John Francis naman ang tinamaan dahil nakalabas ng bahay," Napoleon said, recalling the incident.

When asked about John Ace’s condition after the incident that killed his brother, Napoleon said that his son was traumatized, and he can’t even remember how many times Sabillo fired his gun.

Moreover, Napoleon said that he accurately counted that Sabillo fired his gun four times, as it made him wake up.

"Na-accurate ko ng bilang kasi doon ako nagising pag-ano ng putok. Nagising ako pagputok, napabangon ako. Yun pala, anak ko pala ang tinamaan," he firmly said.

As Napoleon was asked about the reason Sabillo was chasing John Ace, he said that his son told him the whole story.

"Noong kumuha siya ng sahod po doon sa kasama niya sa trabaho dahil di siya nakapasok. Ang nagdala ng sahod niya, yung kasama niya. Yung pagbalik niya, mga 11, papasok na ng alas dose, nasundan siya ng motor. Nilingon niya nang nilingon, tuloy pa rin ang takbo niya," he recounted.

Since Sabillo was not wearing a uniform, John Ace thought that he was not a cop, and another factor was that he smelled of alcohol.

"Isa rin sa nakita ng anak ko na namumula ang mata dahil dumikit na sa kanya. Kaya tumakbo na siya," he further said.

Napoleon recalled that when they were trying to bring John Francis to the hospital, their neighbors shouted that the suspects were still standing in the waiting shed.

John Francis was still rushed to East Avenue Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City but was declared medically dead while undergoing medical treatment.

He was supposed to turn Grade 10 for the next school year and had dreamed of becoming a police officer someday.

Napoleon called for justice for his son's death.

Meanwhile, the entire police force, including Sabillo, has been relieved at the Community Police Assistance Center 5 in Rodriguez, Rizal.

Sabillo is already on the run and has been charged with a complaint of homicide and attempted homicide.

In addition to the charges filed against him, he will also be facing a separate administrative case that is currently being investigated by the Philippine National Police's (PNP) Internal Affairs Service.

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