What went wrong with bloody Mandaluyong shootout?

Michaela Andrea
PUBLISHED December 29, 2017 02:14 pm | UPDATED December 30, 2017 02:08 pm
Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

(Inside Manila) Could it be a case of ‘mistaken identity’ which led to the death of two persons in Mandaluyong City?


In a video uploaded by CNN Philippines, cops were seen firing at a white Mitsubishi Adventure parked across a condominium in Shaw Boulevard around 10:25 pm, Thursday, December 28.


The incident


According to reports, Barangay watchmen who were involved in another shooting incident informed the Mandaluyong Police that the said van was carrying the suspect.  


The watchmen told the police that vehicles carried an armed suspect, prompting them to open fire to what they thought was the getaway car.


However, the mistaken white van was rushing a certain Jonalyn Ambaan to a hospital after being shot by a delivery man in Addition Hills.


The shooting lead to the death of Jomar Hayaun, one of the men in the van who was attempting to help Ambaan.


Ambaan died in the hospital while his partner Eliseo and one other remain in critical condition at the Mandaluyong City Medical Center.



Mandaluyong City chief of police of Moises Villaceran and 10 other policemen involved were removed from their posts.


The 10 policemen have also been disarmed and placed under restrictive custody.


The initial investigations show violations on the part of the responding police after opening fire to the white van, National Capital Region Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde said in an interview with GMA News.


“Initial report po natin, napaka daming tama ng puting Mitsubishi. ‘Yun po ang tinitignan natin kung anong pwedeng violations nila,” Albayalde said.


“Although initially, may nakikita tayong violation diyan dahil hindi po dapat nila pinutukan ng ganun karami dahil wala namang, most probably, nagre-return fire dahil wala naman pong na-recover nab aril doon sa loob ng Mitsubishi,” he explained.


Malacañang said that the cops involved should be disarmed.


“Matter will be investigated fully even if there appears to be excessive force utilized by police authorities. It’s also proper that policemen involved have been disarmed and their movements restricted,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a text message.

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