Admin solons all a-stir by detainee Tisoy's case.
By Ellson Quismorio
Administration allies in the House of Representatives are supporting the move to investigate the death of 22-year-old Genesis (Tisoy) Argoncillo, who lost his life shortly after being arrested by police for loitering.
Surigao del Sur 2nd district Rep. Johnny Pimentel and AKO-Bicol PartyList Rep. Rodel Batocabe both raised suspicions on the circumstances surrounding Argoncillo's death, which occurred amid the government's crackdown against "tambays."
The two ranking congressmen are part of the vast pro-administration coalition in the chamber that is led by President Rodrigo Duterte's own Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
"Yes, of course, it must be investigated because the cause of death was highly suspicious," said Pimentel, chairman of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability.
"The culprits must be punished," added the Mindanaoan.
Batocabe, head of the 46-strong Party List Coalition echoed this by saying that there are "more questions than answers" in the Argoncillo case, and that it "affects the credibility of our police and penal system."
"We really have to get to the bottom of this as this will also affect the good intention of the President to cleanse our streets of vagabonds and drunkards," Batocabe stressed.
Last week, Duterte--whose hardline stance against criminality and illegal drugs is well-known--instructed authorities to accost tambays or loiterers. The Chief Executive had described them as a source of "potential trouble for the public."
Reports said that since then, over 7,000 individuals had been arrested in Metro Manila alone.
For his part, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde claimed that the loiterers were arrested for violating local ordinances.
Quezon City cops collared Argoncillo on June 15, allegedly due to alarm and scandal. His relatives said he was just standing outside a sari-sari store when he was taken.
Argoncillo was locked up in Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 4. The young man was brought to Novaliches District Hospital on Tuesday and was pronounced dead.
A death certificate executed by the medico-legal officer in Camp Crame--the PNP's main headquarters--indicated that he died due to multiple blunt force trauma on his back, head, chest, and upper extremities.
The PNP leadership says that Argoncillo died due to the heavy congestion within the Station 4 jail, noting that he complained of shortness of breath on Tuesday.
The Commission on Human Rights is investigating the matter.
Clara Jalea (aunt) and Marilou Argoncillo (sister) of Genesis Argoncillo attend a press conference Friday, at Camp Karingal, Quezon City. (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)
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|Date:||Jun 22, 2018|
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