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Pedicab driver shot by Quezon police, rearrested without warrant: Diokno

Accused of robbery, pedicab driver Roger Herrero was allegedly abducted and shot by policemen in Quezon province. Vincent Go, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA – A pedicab driver who survived being shot by police in Quezon province last year was re-arrested without warrant Friday, human rights lawyer and senatorial candidate Chel Diokno said.

Pedicab driver Roger Herrero was allegedly abducted by police in November 2018 and was forced to admit to a string of robbery cases in Agdangan, Quezon. He was shot in the face by his captors, but managed to survive despite a shattered jaw.

The National Bureau of Investigation filed frustrated murder charges against the police officers involved in the case.

“Just this afternoon, while attending a hearing in the Lucena Prosecutor’s Office in compliance with a subpoena, the Agdangan police arrested him without a warrant. His life is now in jeopardy for the second time,” Diokno, who chairs the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), said in a statement.

“I call upon Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde to ensure the safety of Roger Herrero while he is under custody and to see to it that he is immediately released,” he said.

Albayalde and the Quezon police have yet to respond to queries about the incident.

The incident comes shortly after a survey showed that 66 percent of Filipinos believe police officers are involved in extrajudicial killings (EJK), the illegal drug trade, and planting of evidence against drug suspects.