Joy Belmonte orders probe on alleged shooting incident involving drunk cop

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has ordered the QC People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) to probe the alleged shooting by a policeman of a 22-year-old student on February 8.

The victim, identified as Adrianne Dominique Cruz Castor, claimed that he was on his way home aboard a Grab vehicle traversing Scout Rallos Extension when he noticed a motorcycle rider driving in a “drunkenly manner.”

The victim and the Grab driver saw the motorcycle rider fall down from his vehicle, and they noticed that he picked something up from the pavement, which turned out to be a gun that the policeman aimed in their direction.

As the motorcycle rider drove away, it hit a post near the 11th Jamboree.

After the Grab driver backed up the car, Castor alighted from the vehicle and asked the drivers of other cars to back up as well, informing them that a motorcycle rider pointed a gun at them.

It was during this time when the motorcycle rider shot Castor, who was then brought to a nearby hospital. The incident was captured by CCTV and the Grab driver’s dashcam.

Investigation after the incident identified the motorcycle rider as P/CPL Reymark Rigor, who was reportedly drunk after attending the birthday celebration of his superior in that area.

“While I acknowledge that the QCPD is our partner in maintaining law and order, it must be clear that I have no tolerance for rotten policemen in Quezon City. I am ordering Atty. Calinisan of the PLEB to act on this matter with absolute dispatch,” Belmonte said.