Lacson says NBI probe of Sulu shooting ‘proper’

Published June 30, 2020, 8:25 PM

by Mario Casayuran

Senator Panfilo M. Lacson said today that a speedy but thorough determination of the facts that led to the tragic shooting of four Army officers by police in Sulu is “critical and cannot be emphasized enough.’’

Lacson, chairman of the Senate national defense and security committee, said it is wise and proper that both Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief P/Gen. Archie Gamboa and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. have agreed that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) take full control of the criminal investigation, and allow the evidence to dictate the findings.

“But the NBI’s investigation results notwithstanding, and more than making fully accountable all those responsible for the incident, the ground commanders of both sides must be in full control of the situation to avoid an escalation of the situation,’’ Lacson, a former PNP chief himself, emphasized.

“Our security forces already have their hands full in their fight against their common adversaries such as terrorism and insurgency in Mindanao. Allowing disunity in any form would give the enemy an unwanted advantage that could prove fatal for our nation,’’ he stressed.