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Nov 24, 2016
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Two cops are at the receiving end of heavy public criticism after security footage showed them running away instead of responding to a crime that unfolded in their designated area.

The security footage initially showed the two cops sitting inside a medicine supplies shop in Pasig City when gunshots rang in the air, GMA News Online reports.

Immediately after, an injured man—supposedly the target of the gunman—ran inside the shop and fell to the floor.

Instead of helping out the victim and securing the area, the cops hurriedly hid in the corner of the store and even stepped on the victim while scurrying away.

The injured victim joined the cops and also hid in the corner.

At this point, the gunman opened the shop's door and poked his gun but fled away upon seeing that the victim was huddled in the corner with the two cops.

The victim eventually died afterwards. His relatives blame the two cops, saying that he might still be alive if they did their duty.

P/Sr. Supt. Orlando Yebra of the Pasig City police said the two cops have been relieved from their duties.

Yebra also asked the public not to judge the two rookie cops even if they were armed as what happened can still be considered as a normal human reaction to a sudden situation.

"Pwede nating tignan na normal reaction. Almost simultaneous yung putok at pagpasok ng victim. Nevertheless, pinapaimbestigahan natin yung dalawang pulis, tinitignan natin kung nagkaroon ng lapses at bakit hindi napigilan yun,” he said.

 

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