PNP to public: ‘Let’s wait for NBI probe results’

Published July 3, 2020, 2:23 PM

by Martin Sadongdong

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday urged the public to wait for the results of the investigation being conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) into the cops’ fatal shooting of four Philippine Army intelligence operatives in Jolo, Sulu.

Philippine National Police spokesperson Brig. General Bernard Banac (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson, refused to directly respond to allegations that the July 29 shooting was an “overkill” and the nine cops involved in the incident may have used excessive force in neutralizing Major Marvin Indammog, Captain Irwin Managuelod, Sergeant Jaime Velasco, and Corporal Abdal Asula.

“Sa ngayon hintayin na lang natin ang magiging kalalabasan ng imbestigasyon ng NBI (For now, let us just wait for the result of the NBI’s investigation),” he said.

The nine cops involved in the incident were already disarmed and restricted to the Sulu provincial police headquarters.

They were identified as Police Staff Sergeant Almudzrin Hadjaruddin, Patrolmen Alkajal Mandangan and Rajiv Putalan, all members of the Sulu provincial drug enforcement unit (PDEU); and Senior Master Sergeant Abdelzhimar Padjiri, Master Sergeant Hannie Badiri, Staff Sergeants Iskandar Susulan and Ernisar Sappal, Corporal Sulki Andaki, and Patrolman Mohammad Nur Pasani, of the Jolo municipal police.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Walter Annayo has been relieved from his post as commander of the Jolo police pending the result of the NBI’s investigation.)

Based on initial results of the autopsy conducted by the NBI, one of the victims sustained eight gunshot wounds while the other two fatalities bore three gunshot wounds.

Asula, a native of Sulu, was not autopsied since he was immediately buried following Muslim tradition.

Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom), the unit which has military jurisdiction in Sulu, reportedly called the incident as an “overkill.”

Meanwhile, Senator Risa Hontiveros has called for a legislative inquiry on the incident, which she claimed was done with “excessive use of force and violence,” to address the “disturbing pattern” of police behavior.

The lawmaker also cited the cops’ killing of former Army trooper Winston Ragos in a checkpoint in Quezon City in April.

“Kung sakaling may naging mali at may ebidensya na nagpapatunay na nagmalabis sa kapangyarihan ang ating mga pulis at kung may naging paglabag, mananagot po sila sa ilalim ng ating batas (If proven that our cops have committed a mistake and they abused their power, they will be punished to the full extent of the law),” he added.