KHIEN Oyao Amistad, 18, admitted that his father Joel, one of the suspects in the killing of an intelligence officer of Lapu-Lapu City Police Station 4, sold illegal drugs.
Joel, 43, died in the hospital after he was hit during a shootout with police last Sunday dawn.
However, Atty. Rameses Villagonzalo said the Amistad family is crying foul over Joel’s death.
Quoting some family members, Villagonzalo said Joel was inside his room when police arrived to arrest him.
He was allegedly overheard saying, “Dad-a lang ko ninyo, ayaw kog patya (Just arrest me, but please don’t kill me).”
“Witnesses said the police let Joel run and then shot him. They eventually made it appear that he fought back, that was why they shot him,” Villagonzalo said.
The lawyer served as counsel for three Oyaos, including Pacquito Oyao, who was charged with selling illegal drugs but was acquitted in 2014.
Members of Lapu-Lapu Police Station 3, Station 4, the Lapu-Lapu City Intelligence Branch (CIB) and the Regional Intelligence Division were trying to serve an arrest warrant against Joel, who was believed a member of the Oyao Drug Group.
According to Chief Insp. Mark Gifter Sucalit, officer-in-charge of CIB, members of the Oyao Drug Group were tagged as behind the shooting of PO3 Antonio Inihao Jr. last Saturday morning.
Villagonzalo, though, denied the existence of an Oyao Drug Group, saying “it is very unfair to the family, especially to the ladies and young students who have been mocked and ridiculed by these baseless accusations.”
Police conducted a follow-up operation, following the death of Inihao, who was active in the campaign against illegal drugs.
They also arrested Khien with 42 sachets and a medium pack of suspected shabu.
They also recovered a .357 revolver from Joel.
Khein, who is detained at the Lapu-Lapu Police Office, said he was surprised when police stormed their house.
“I asked the children upstairs to come down, while the police ordered me to get on the floor face down,” he said in Cebuano. That was why he couldn’t see who fired first, he said.
However, Khein admitted that his father sold illegal drugs.
“It was just my father, though. He sold drugs but he wasn’t a bad man. He was quiet and shy. He didn’t even like to go out,” he said in Cebuano.
In a radio dyAb report, Agus Barangay Captain Jimboy Igot said he was also surprised when police arrived in his barangay last Sunday.
“Joel never made any trouble. In fact, he only spoke if you called out to him,” Igot said in Cebuano.
Inihao was shot five times in the back while he was conducting surveillance near a cockpit in Zone Sunlot in Barangay Calawisan.
Inihao was accompanied by PO3 Jasper Nuñez of Police Station 3, who was shot in the leg and foot.
In a separate interview, Inihao’s wife Clarissa said she thought her husband was just rushed to the hospital when she was told he had been shot.
“I never expected to see him in the morgue. I thought he was undergoing operation. I also did not expect him to be shot so many times,” she said in Cebuano.
She described her husband as a good person with lots of friends.
Mayor Paz Radaza said police should “double their time” to solve Inihao’s shooting.
Meanwhile, there will be no letup in the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7’s campaign against illegal drugs following Inihao’s death, said its director, Chief Supt. Manuel Gaerlan.
He said they are sad and angry at the same time over Inihao’s murder.
“It was a very unfortunate incident,” he told reporters yesterday. “We will be the one to show our force and expect extensive campaign against illegal drugs and firearms in the next few days.”
Gaerlan said they will extend financial help to the families of Inihao and Nuñez.
Nuñez is recovering from his injuries.
“I encourage all my fellow police officers to exercise extreme caution because we have several enemies in performing our duties. I hope the other operatives will not be discouraged. To neutralize our enemies, we should not be afraid of their of what they are doing against our fellow officers,” said Gaerlan.
However, he said they have no direct evidence linking the Oyao Drug Group to Inihao’s murder.
The gunman reportedly wore a helmet, which hid his face.