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Police: Slain pedicab driver positive for gun powder

The pedicab driver who was shot dead by Pasay City police last month despite his alleged intention to surrender tested positive for gun powder, an indication that he had fired a gun, a police official bared yesterday.

Chief Inspector Rolando Baula, head of Pasay police’s Station Investigation and Detective Management Branch (SIDMB), said Eric Sison, 22, tested positive in the paraffin test conducted on him.

In a report released by the Southern Police District (SPD) Crime Laboratory Office dated August 23, 2016, it said paraffin test on both hands of Sison “gave positive result to the presence of gun powder nitrates.”

“Aside from the evidence na nakuha namin sa cellphone, itong resulta ng paraffin ang nagpapatunay na pinaputukan niya ‘yong mga pulis,” Baula said.

Last week, police said they discovered on Sison’s cellphone suspicious text messages “indicating a drug transaction.”

Sison was laid to rest on Wednesday, August 31, but his live-in partner Rachel Bermoy said she would continue to seek justice for her husband’s death.

Family members, close friends, and neighbors of Sison wore black shirts with words “KILL DRUGS, NOT PEOPLE” as they brought the remains of the victim to his final resting place.

Bermoy insisted that his partner did not even own a gun, making it impossible what the police were saying.
“Alam ng Diyos kung ano ang totoo,” Bermoy said.

He also denied Sison’s involvement in illegal drugs.

It can be recalled that Sison was shot dead by PO1 Benigno Baladjay, PO1 Jan Erwin Isaac, and PO1 Melford Olorosisimo, members of Buendia Police Community Precinct (PCP-2), in a hot pursuit.

The three policemen, along with Buendia PCP head Chief Inspector Oscar Pagulayan, have already been relieved of their duties and transferred to the SPD headquarters in Taguig City for a restrictive custody. (MARTIN A. SADONGDONG)