Albayalde orders probe on death of Pasay intel chief

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday ordered a probe over a possible foul play on the death of Senior Insp. Manuel Taytayon Jr., chief of Pasay City police’s Intelligence Section, in a shootout with a fugitive accused in the murder of a Grab driver in 2017.

Albayalde and NCRPO head, Dir. Guillermo Eleazar, visited Taytayon’s wake at the Veronica Memorial Chapel in Pasay City on Tuesday where his father, Manuel Sr., asked the PNP to conduct further investigation of the incident.

“We want to assure the family we will support, especially their doubts about the operation. We assured them there will be an investigation kung ano talaga ang nangyari doon sa (on what really happened during the) operation and the cause of the death of Senior Inspector Taytayon,” Albayalde told reporters.

Taytayon’s father believed that there was a foul play in the incident, citing that his son had gunshot wounds at the back, which may indicate that he was possibly shot by another policeman involved in the operation.

He added that all the firearms used by the cops during operation, as well the suspect’s guns, were already turned over for ballistic examinations.

Based on initial examination conducted by the PNP Crime Laboratory, the two slugs recovered from Taytayon’s body matched with the firearms used by the suspect when he fired at arresting officers during the operation.

He said there are two other bullet holes in Taytayon’s back but the slugs have yet to be recovered.

Albayalde also noted the possibility that Taytayon pulled back and sought cover after the suspect fired at him.

On Sunday, Taytayon led the operation against Marc Delemios, who was the main suspect in the killing of Gerardo Maquidato Jr., a “good samaritan” Grab driver in 2017.

During his visit to the wake, Albayalde conferred the “Medalya ng Kagalingan” (Medal of Merit) to Taytayon.

The “Medalya ng Kagalingan” is conferred to police officers “for a single act of heroism or a series of heroic acts in a duty”.

“The PNP assures the orphaned family of PSI Taytayon of every possible assistance within our means if only to alleviate their suffering. The PNP will never run out of heroes because many more good men in the police service will not hesitate to go the way of Taytayon,” Albayalde said. (PNA/Christopher Lloyd Caliwan)