Monday, April 20, 2009

QCPD Will Turn Over Trina Suicide Investigation to NBI (With Video Update)

20 April 2009


The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) will turn over to the NBI the investigation into the death of Trinidad "Trina" Etong, wife of ABS-CBN embattled broadcaster Ted Failon.  This is the announcement made in the ongoing press conference being conducted in Camp Crame by DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno.  I'm watching it at ANC.

In addition, the Napolcom and the internal affairs service will also investigate the possible administrative liability of police officers involved in the controversial arrest of Trina relatives and Failon househelp. Considerable criticism has been generated by the arrests which were publicly perceived to be attended by excessive use of force.  Effective today, the police officers involved are placed on a 30-day preventive suspension.

Puno added that, as part of the moral transformation of the Philippine National Police, the Chief PNP will conduct intensified refresher courses for all investigators on police operating procedures and procedures on arrest.

"To regain and maintain the public trust in the Philippine National Police (PNP)," this, Puno emphasized repeatedly, was the reason why they are resorting to these steps.

Puno also clarified that as far as the QCPD is concerned, it has no problem with the scheduled cremation of Trina's body on Wednesday, April 22 at 11am.

With respect to the objection to Trina's cremation, I guess Secretary Raul Gonzales of the DOJ is the one person primarily standing in the way at this point (that's the subject of my immediately preceding post).

As I post, it's already 12:23pm, Manila time, and the Puno press conference is still ongoing.  

VIDEO UPDATE (20 April, 2009, 1:36pm) from gmanewstv: 


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