Cops removed from posts over 4-year-old's death in drug raid

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 17 2018 03:16 PM

MANILA - The head of the Philippine National Police on Tuesday said he ordered several policemen in Cebu City removed from their posts after a 4-year-old boy was shot dead in the crossfire of a botched anti-drug raid.

Police earlier claimed that the stray bullet was fired by one of 4 drug suspects, who evaded arrest at the operation in Barangay Ermita last July 10. 

At least 4 policemen involved in the raid were removed from their posts to give way to a ballistic exam that will compare their firearms to the slug found on the boy's body, said PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.

They had tested negative for gunpowder residue, the PNP earlier said.

Paraffin test results, however, are not accepted as evidence in court because of their unreliability, according to Supreme Court decisions.

A manhunt operation has been launched to track down the 4 drug suspects.

Report from Rafael Santos, ABS-CBN News