By Malu Cadelina Manar
Kidapawan City – The legislative council here has put on hold proposals to give a wounded Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team member commendations for his valor and heroism.
Kidapawan City councilor Jivy Roe Bombeo, author of the proposals, said the council has yet to dig deeper into the incident that involved PO3 John Yamuta, a SWAT member who was critically wounded after he engaged a group of armed men in a shootout last January 27.
The proposals were referred to Councilor Francis Palmones, chair of the Committee on Peace and Order; and Councilor Ruby Padilla-Sison, chair of the Committee on Human Rights of the Sangguniang Panglungsod ng Kidapawan.
Bombeo, in an interview over a Catholic-ran DXND here, said the council is set to invite city police director Chief Inspector Ramel Hojilla to shed light on the issue.
Initially, Bombeo said he was shown footages of the close-circuit television (CCTV) that captured the shooting incident.
Based on the CCTV footages, Yamuta, who, at that time was doing a security check along the highway, responded to a shooting incident that transpired at a commercial district here, and engaged a group of gunmen in a shootout.
The police identified the gunmen as Sugar Rey Dimaano, David Adolfo, and Mario Pagaduan dela Cruz.
Dimaano, police records showed, was a drug surrenderer.
Investigators also considered illegal drug trade as one of the motives for the shooting.