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ZAMBOANGA CITY – The regional police office have ordered a separate investigation into the death of a man while under the custody of the Zamboanga City police force.

Eduardo Serino Sr, a native of Zamboanga del Norte’s Sibuco town, was arrested by policemen along Roseller Lim Boulevard here on September 30 after he refused to have his backpack search during a security inspection. His bag yielded clothes.

He was eventually brought to the police headquarters where he allegedly went wild and eventually electrocuted himself. Serino was in Zamboanga City to look after his child who is in hospital. His arrest was also witnessed by civilians and photographs of this were also uploaded on Facebook and immediately went viral. Serino’s face and body had bruises. His body was taken by the family back home.

The local police said it is open to investigation as it denied allegations that Serino was physically abused while under investigation.

Chief Superintendent Billy Beltran, the regional police chief, said he created a fact-finding team to “conduct a separate investigation on the case of Eduardo N. Serino, of Lintangan, Sibuco, Zamboanga Del Norte, who died allegedly after he run amuck while under the custody of Zamboanga City Police Station 11 on September 30.”

Beltran said the Regional Internal Affairs Service under lawyer Russel Ebillo is investigating Serino’s death since October 2. He also ordered the Zamboanga del Norte police office to locate Serino’s family and to “look into possible assistance that the police regional office could extend.”

“The Police Regional Office 9 assures the public of the impartiality of investigation and justice will be served,” Beltran said.

Serino’s death occurred amid allegations of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug users by the police in metropolitan Manila and the latest survey that claimed many Filipinos believed those killed in the government’s drug war did not fight back or had been deliberately murdered.

The country’s police chief Ronald dela Rosa strongly denied policemen were behind extrajudicial killings and called those critical of the government’s campaign as ingrate. (Mindanao Examiner)

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