Police chief defends sketch cops presented which showed only the suspect’s eyes

Photo: Angel Movido/ABS-CBN News

The chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday defended his team’s decision of releasing a composite sketch of a suspected killer that shows only the man’s eyes.

You got that right. Just his eyes.

The Central Luzon Police District is currently investigating the killing of a businessman named Dominic Sytin who was gunned down in Subic Bay Freeport on Nov. 28, reported the Manila Bulletin.  Two days later, they presented a sketch of the suspected gunman, who was depicted with a cap and a scarf covering half of his face.

Netizens were quick to make fun of the sketch, with a few calling the PNP incompetent. But PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is standing by his men.

Speaking to reporters, he said that they could only come up with an illustration based on the witness’ description of the gunman.

Speaking in English and Filipino, Albayalde was quoted by The Philippine Daily Inquirer: “First of all, that was what was seen [by the witness]. We cannot invent a face. That’s what he was wearing. We cannot change him, that’s how he was described [by the witness].”

He added: “[T]his person is wearing a mask. Why would we make an artist’s sketch that was based on someone else’s appearance?”

For those curious of what netizens have said, here are a few that appeared on Facebook. Jensen Carado wrote: “The suspect is from the video game Mortal Combat.”

Photo: Screenshot from ABS-CBN News.
Photo: Screenshot from ABS-CBN News.

Another said he recognizes the handkerchief, which reminds him of other hankies.

Photo: Screenshot from ABS-CBN News.
Photo: Screenshot from ABS-CBN News.

Daryl Zamora called the police idiots.

Photo: Screenshot from ABS-CBN News.
Photo: Screenshot from ABS-CBN News.

While Diana Tagumpama made fun of the misspelling where instead of writing “fair,” the PNP wrote “pair” to describe the suspect.

She wrote: “Complexion: Pair. Pair of what? Shoes? F*ck it, so stupid! I don’t want this anymore!”

Photo: Screenshot from ABS-CBN News.
Photo: Screenshot from ABS-CBN News.

ABS-CBN reported that the suspect was described as 40 years old, with a height of 5’8″ to 5’10”. He’s chubby with fair complexion and dark hair.

Sytin’s family is offering a PHP1 million-reward (US$18,942) to anyone who could help catch the suspect.

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