Mom wants justice for wounded son

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The mother of a Muslim teenager who was shot by a female police officer in an alleged “encounter” in Angeles City called for justice for his seriously wounded son.

Kayasama Macal, the mother of 16-year-old Salman, both residents of Barangay Balibago, said Monday, October 9, that their family is set to file a case against two police officers who shot her son.

The boy was reportedly test driving a motorcycle near their residence on October 4 when his path was blocked by a police mobile patrol car.

After Macal supposedly hit the patrol car, two police officers alighted from the car and the two parties engaged in a discussion until the lady cop shot the teenager as seen in the closed circuit television camera (CCTV) footage released to media.

The two police officers were later identified as Police Officer (PO) 1 Aizel Deanne Marie Lopez and PO1 Osmond Rivera of the Angeles City Police Station 4.

Lopez and Rivera described the incident as an “armed encounter,” saying the victim first pulled his gun out and tried to shoot them.

They stated in the police report that Macal pulled out a firearm and squeezed its trigger as they were about to approach him. They said the gun did not fire; only “a click sound was heard” and the boy attempted again to squeeze the trigger.

It was also stated in the police report that the policemen were on patrol when they saw Salman on board a TMX motorcycle and his companion on another motorcycle.

“Upon seeing the mobile patrol, the duo riders started their motorcycles’ engines and sped off hurriedly,” the policemen stated in the report, adding they chased them and were able to catch up with Salman while his companion was able to get away.

But Salman's mother said she was in her store looking at his son when the two police officers were talking to him and was shocked when she suddenly heard a gunshot.

“Nu’ng makita ko ’yung anak ko na nabaril ng pulis, bigla akong tumakbo. Nakita ko na may tama ang anak ko. Sabi ko, bakit ninyo binaril ang anak ko, wala namang kasalanan? Sabi nu’ng pulis, humihingi po ako ng dispensa, disgrasya lang ang nangyari, sabi ng pulis (I hurriedly ran after I saw my son shot by the policemen. I saw him wounded. I asked the policemen why did they shoot him, and they asked for forgiveness, saying it was an accident),” Kayasama said in a statement.

She belied the police officers' statement that her son was carrying a gun with him as he never owned one.

"Wala pong dalang baril ang anak ko. Wala po siyang dala kahit na ano mula pa nu’ng nakabulagta siya, hanggang isakay siya sa mobile at hanggang sa ospital, wala po siyang dala (My son did not have any firearm)," she said.

Kayasama added that her son is still in critical condition and under observation after he sustained a gunshot in his tummy that went through his spinal cord.
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