ARMM to give aid to kin of slain agents

Published October 12, 2018, 3:18 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Ali Macabalang

COTABATO CITY – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has prepared financial aid for the families of five anti-narcotics agents, who were killed in an ambush in Lanao del Sur.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte condoles with the family of one of the slain Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents as he pays his last respects during the wake at the Sto. Niño de Cebu Chapel in Camp BGen. Gonzalo H. Siongco in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on October 10, 2018. Accompanying the President are PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino and Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte condoles with the family of one of the slain Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents as he pays his last respects during the wake at the Sto. Niño de Cebu Chapel in Camp BGen. Gonzalo H. Siongco in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on October 10, 2018. (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

ARMM’s Bureau of Public Information said Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman has directed the Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team (HEART) to provide “all the necessary assistance” to the bereaved families of the five slain agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The remains of the victims – Kenneth Tabulo, Kristine Mae Torlao, Lores Joy Amar, Binzo Dipolla, and Diobel Pacinio – have been brought to the mortuary facility of the Army’s Sixth Infantry Division headquarters, Camp Siongco, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat town in Maguindanao.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday visited the facility, accorded the fatalities with posthumous citations, and handed cash assistance to the bereaved families. He was accompanied by PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.
The President ordered the speedy dispensation of justice for the victims and their families.

Aquino has announced that initial investigation has, so far, resulted in the drafting of a partial list of suspects. The list, he said, included the names of 10 persons of interest, which include two to three local officials allegedly in collusion with police officers.

The PDEA agents were in a van on their way to their office here via Marawi City after coming from a program for drug surrenderers in Tagoloan, Lanao Del Sur last October 5, when they were ambushed in Barangay Malna in Kapai, Lanao del Sur.

 
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