SAF Tabdi’s kin sue police, Army officials for damages


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — A Benguet court is set to resolve a civil case filed by the family of PSI Getnad Tabdi against Police Director General Alan Purisima, Police Director Getulio Napenas and three other army officials who are being asked to pay P12 million for his death during the Mamasapano operation.

The case was filed last year, and has been submitted for resolution last November 3.

In his November 3 order, Judge Danilo Camacho of Branch 62 of the Regional Trial Court, La Trinidad, Benguet said that both parties through their lawyers agreed to submit all pending motions and incidents pertaining to the case for resolution.

“Hence, all pending motion and incidents in this case are hereby deemed submitted for resolution,” Camacho said in his order.

The next hearing for the said case is tentatively set on February 16, 2017.

Lhea Tabdi, wife of PSI Tabdi and parents Edna and Garcia Tabdi, Jr. filed a civil case for damages against police officers Purisima and Napenas. Among those charged were Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, who at the time was the commander of the 8th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero the area commander of the AFP Western Mindanao Command and Col. Gener Del Rosario brigade commander of the 1sy Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the AFP.

In their complaint, Tabdi’s kin asked for P11,368,500 for compensatory damages. This was supposed to be the income that PSI Tabdi would have earned if he was not killed during the Mamasapano operation. PSI Tabdi at the time of his death was receiving a monthly salary of P44,730.

The complainants also demanded for P500,000 as moral damages; 200,000 as exemplary damages and also that the respondents should pay for their lawyer’s fee.

Tabdi’s wife and parents reiterated in their complaint that they have lost not only a husband and a son but also a “material provider”.

“The death of PSI Tabdi caused sleepless nights to plaintiffs, anguish, anxieties and mental torture for which plaintiffs should be paid moral damages,” the complaint further said.

“To set an example to other public officials to act on matters that need their assistance, exemplary damages should ascribe as adjudged against the defendants,” the complaint added.

The Tabdi family in their complaint accused Purisima of failure to ensure that the artillery support for the Mamasapano operation arrived on time. They also accused Napenas of negligence for reporting and receiving orders from Purisima who was at the time suspended. They further blamed AFP officials for not providing aid to SAF troopers at the Mamasapano operations.

The complainants pointed out that PSI Tabdi died at around 4:00PM on January 25, 2015. “Had the artillery support been given early the death of PSI Tabdi could have been avoided,” the complainants stated. #