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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, November 15, 2019
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Cop suspect in killing gives up


One week after the murder of broadcaster Mercedarius Dindo Generoso in Dumaguete City, the alleged gunman voluntarily gave himself up for safekeeping, while waiting for summons from the city prosecutors regarding the complaint for murder filed against him.

Special field investigator Jess Canete of the Commission on Human Rights said he was able to talk to Cpl. Roger Rubio at about 2:30 p.m. yesterday at Camp Francisco Fernandez in Agan-an, Sibulan, before he was brought to the airport for his flight to Manila.

Rubio told Canete he was being brought to Manila for reasons he is not aware of by police officers, one of whom is the OIC chief of police of Dumaguete, Lt. Col. Wilfredo Alarcon Jr., and his commanding officer.

Rubio told Canete he is innocent of the charges against him, and was wearing shorts so he could be compared to the alleged gunman who was caught on the CCTV at corner EJ Blanco Road and Hibbard Avenue, Piapi, Dumaguete City, on November 7.

Canete, however, did not pursue questioning Rubio in the absence of his legal counsel.

Under the rules, Rubio has to file his counter affidavit along with the alleged owner of the Strada vehicle, Tomasino Aledro, as soon as he receives the charge sheet, after which the prosecutor will determine if there is probable cause for the filing of charges in court.

The CHR was reportedly of the impression that Rubio feared for his life when he called Canete and even broke down during the interview with him.

Rubio was marked absent without leave (AWOL) for his failure to report to his mother unit the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Coy based in Camp Leon Kilat in Tanjay.*


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