Bicol police file raps vs cops involved in patrolman’s death in Masbate

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 5) — The Bicol Regional Police on Thursday filed criminal and administrative charges against policemen involved in the alleged hazing incident that led to the death of patrolman Jaypee De Guzman Ramores.

The case implicated two officials and 19 personnel of the 503rd Maneuver Platoon, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 5 stationed in Masbate. 

Police Major Malu Calubaquib narrated that on July 22, the 32-year-old Ramores collapsed after performing a noontime road run around San Jacinto town in Masbate.

He said Ramores was rushed to Ticao District Hospital and died on July 26 due to cardiorespiratory arrest.

The victim sustained severe bruises, burns on his chest, wounds on his knees, feet and other parts of body, Calubaquib added.

A task force was created to investigate his death, which recommended the filing of cases against those involved before the Masbate Prosecutors Office for violating Republic Act No. 11053 or the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018.

The Police Regional Office 5 personnel in Camp Simeon Ola paid tribute to Ramores in a ceremony on Wednesday as they condemned the brutal act of “unwritten traditions” which caused his death.

They wore black armbands on their left arm and declared to use black face mask until the interment of Ramores on Saturday.

Calubaquib said the suspects were earlier relieved from their posts and were placed under the custody of the regional police office in Camp Simeon Ola in Legazpi City.

CNN Philippines Bicol correspondent Rosas Olarte contributed to this report.