Kin of Payatas 'tokhang massacre' victims to file criminal raps vs cops before Ombudsman
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MANILA, Philippines -- The families of three of four young men killed by police in Payatas, Quezon City last August in what is now known as the “tokhang massacre” will file criminal charges before the Office of the Ombudsman against the suspects Thursday.
The families of Rhaffy Gabo, Jessie Cule and Marcelo Daa Jr. will be assisted by lawyers from the Center for International Law, which also represents the lone survivor, Efren Morillo, who had filed his own complaint against Senior Inspector Emil Garcia, Police Officer 3 Allan Formilleza, PO1s James Aggarao and Melchor Navisaga of Quezon City Police District station 6 on March 2.
They will file multiple murder, frustrated murder, robbery, planting of firearms, planting of evidence and grave misconduct charges against the suspects, Centerlaw said.
Morillo and the families of the Payatas fatalities also filed a petition for and were granted the first writ of amparo against Oplan Tokhang, the controversial police anti-drug campaign.
The war on drugs declared by President Rodrigo Duterte, which is estimated to have claimed more than 8,000 lives since July last year, has been widely criticized by human rights and even some foreign governments although surveys indicate many Filipinos continue to approve of the aggressive campaign.
But the families of victims like the Payatas dead have begun to speak out and fight back by filing charges.
Earlier this week, Mary Ann Domingo, assisted by the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers and the church-based group Rise Up for Life and for Rights, filed double murder charges and an administrative complaint, also before the Office of the Ombudsman, against eight policeman and their informant for the deaths of her husband Luis and son Gabriel Lois in their home in Caloocan City last September.