The transfer of the nine policemen suspected for involvement in the death of four military intelligence agents over the weekend was deferred after one of them tested positive for the coronavirus during the rapid test.
While testing positive in a rapid test is not conclusive, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa said the decision to forego the plan of bringing the policemen involved was a precautionary measure.
Gamboa said they found out about the medical condition of one of the nine cops when they were all subjected to testing as a requirement for their travel to Camp Crame in Quezon City.
“So I am now putting the responsibility to the regional director of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BAR), Brigadier General Manuel Abu, to bring the policemen any time this week to Camp Crame. The Regional Director will serve as the escort,” said Gamboa.
Gamboa said the nine policemen were supposed to be flown to Manila using a military cargo plane after President Duterte talked to the military commanders to ease the tension caused by the death of four military spies, two of them are officers and products of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
After the testing as done and one of them tested positive during the rapid test, Gamboa said the Philippine Air Force officials decided not to push through with their scheduled flight to Manila.
“All of the nine policemen have been on the restrictive custody together so the possibility of infection among them is probable,” said Gamboa.
President Duterte had to talk to the military commanders to defuse the tension as there are talks of revenge among the soldiers.
The decision to transfer the policemen to Camp Crame was reportedly part of the effort to secure them from any possible retaliation.