MANILA, Philippines - Was ABS-CBN News to blame for the delay in bringing gang leader Ivan Padilla to the hospital?
In an interview with GMA 7 News, Superintendent Maristelo Manalo of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said that Padilla was not brought to the hospital immediately because an ABS-CBN News cameraman's insistence to interview the suspect.
Video footage by ABS-CBN News, however, showed scenes of what happened that morning of August 2.
ABS-CBN News cameraman Angel Valderrama and his assistant Marlon Sayson said they responded to the scene of the police operation that morning, and started taking footage at 5:20 a.m., based on the time stamp on their tape.
Upon arriving at the scene, the NCRPO pointed the camera crew to a car allegedly used by Padilla.
The car, which was riddled with bullet holes, was used by Padilla in an attempt to escape from police.
Police claimed Padilla hit other vehicles in an attempt to flee the scene.
Beside the bullet-ridden car was the vehicle of Manalo. The ABS-CBN News crew said they did not know that Padilla was in the car.
"Hindi ko alam na nandoon si Ivan Padilla. Sinabi na lang nila na nandito si Ivan matapos kong makunan iyong mga sasakyan, iyong mga tama ng bala. Ikinuwento nila kung ano ang nangyari," Valderrama said.
It was Manalo who told them that Padilla was inside one of the vehicles, Sayson said.
"Sabi niya, 'andito si Ivan, gusto ninyo interbyuhin?,'" Sayson said.
Later, another NCRPO vehicle arrived at the scene, and a man, later identified as Mark Inducil, was brought out of the vehicle.
The ABS-CBN News camera crew was about to interview Inducil, when Manalo called their attention.
Manalo then pointed them to a man inside the other car, whom the police officer identified as Padilla.
"Noong binanggit nila na nandoon si Ivan Padilla, nagulat na lang ako, nandoon na sa likod namin iyong sasakyan, di ko alam kung saan nanggaling," Valderrama said.
"Iinterbyuhin sana namin [si Mark] tapos sabi ni Col. Manalo na: 'Andito si Ivan Padilla,'" he said.
"Di namin alam na nandoon si Ivan Padilla. Siya po iyong nagsabi. Tinuro po sa amin," Sayson said.
Valderrama then trained the camera to Padilla, and they asked a few questions to confirm his identity.
Voice 1: Ikaw ba si Ivan?
Voice 2: Ano pangalan mo?
Ivan Padilla: Ivan.
Ivan Padilla: Ivan Padilla.
Voice: Itong nakaraan saan ka nagtatago?
(No answer from Padilla)
Voice: Boss, nitong nakaraan saan ka nagtago?
"Continuous po 'yong rolling ko noon, kaya 'yong nakita niyo sa video, iyon 'yong interview na namin sa kanya. Hindi ako nagputol ng video," he said.
The interview with Padilla did not last a minute, and the crew was not, in any way, obstructing the police.
The ABS-CBN News crew also said that they saw the vehicle bring Padilla to the hospital, but they were not able to follow the convoy. From a report of Ces Oreña Drilon