NBI files raps vs 9 cops tagged in killing 4 Army officers in Jolo

Published July 21, 2020, 7:03 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday, July 21, filed a criminal complaint before the Department Justice (DOJ) against nine policemen tagged in the killing of four Army intelligence officers in Jolo, Sulu.
The NBI recommended to the DOJ’s National Prosecution Service (NPS) that the nine policemen be prosecuted for murder and planting of evidence in connection with the June 29 killing Major Arvin Indamog, Captain Irwin Managuelod, Sergeant Eric Velasco, and Corporal Abdal Asula.
“After a through perusal of the records of this case, we are convinced that the evidence presented amply demonstrates that the victims were killed and that was the 9 Police Officers who killed them,” read the memorandum of NBI Legal Evaluation Division (NBI-LED) Officer-In-Charge Atty. Yehlen Agus.
Citing accounts of witnesses, the NBI official said the nine policemen “simultaneously attacked the victims who were not given the opportunity to defend themselves.”
They nine policemen are Senior Master Sergeant Abdelzhimar Padjiri; Master Sergeant Hanie Baddiri; Staff Sergeant Iskandar  Susulan; Staff Sergeant Ernisar Sappal; Corporal Sulki Andaki; Patrolman Moh. Nur Pasani; Staff Sergeant Almudzrin Hadjaruddin; and Patrolmen Alkajal Mandangan and Rajiv Putalan.
The NBI also recommended the indictment of Sulu Provincial Police Office chief Colonel Michael Bawayan Jr.,Jolo Municipal Police Station chief Major Walter Annayo, and Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit chief Captain Ariel Corcino for neglect of duty.
“We also agree that the failure of the Sulu Police Provincial Director, PDEU Chief and Jolo Chief of Police to inform their subordinates of the active operation by military constitutes Gross Negligence under the Doctrine of Command Responsibility defined in Executive Order 226. In this case, the failure of the above-named Offices resulted in the death of the 4 members of the Philippine Army,” said the NBI-LED chief.
The case concerns the June 29 killing of four Army intelligence officers in Jolo, namely, Major Arvin Indammog, Captain Irwin Managuelod, Sergeant Eric Velasco and Corporal Abdal Asula, all of whom were driving in the area aboard a Mitsubishi Montero while conducting intelligence operations.
The complaint was filed following the investigation conducted by the NBI’s Western Mindanao Regional Office (NBI-WEMRO) which discovered that four out the nine policemen involved in the actual shooting used their firearms based on paraffin tests conducted.
“While some of the police officers did not fire their issued firearms, CCTV (closed circuit television) Footages and eyewitnesses’ accounts clearly demonstrate that they executed overt acts that constitute as moral assistance to the Police Officers who actually fired at the Victims,” said Agus.
Agus added the nine should also be indicted for planting of evidence since witnesses told investigators that Indammog did not carry any firearm when he alighted from the Montero and “it could be concluded that the rifle recovered near his left hand was indeed planted.”