9 cops in Sulu shooting transferred to Crame

July 08, 2020

NINE policemen accused of killing four Army soldiers in a shooting incident in Jolo, Sulu last June 29 on Tuesday were transferred to the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame to ensure their availability to face a probe by the National Bureau of Investigation, PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said.

The nine were personally escorted to Camp Crame by Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police Regional Office director, Brigadier Gen. Manuel M. Abu to Manila where they were immediately whisked to Camp Crame and placed under restrictive custody on orders of Gen. Gamboa.

Abu and the nine policemen went to Manila on board a Cebu Pacific flight that left the Cotabato airport 8:55 a.m. Tuesday and arrived in Manila 9:15 a.m.

Two hours later, they arrived at the Office of the Chief Executive Senior Police  Officer and were turned over to Colonel Jerich Royales, the Deputy Director for Operations of the PNP Headquarters Support Service.

The nine will undergo further NBI investigation He identified them as Senior Master Sergeant Abdelzhimar Padjiri, Master Sgt. Hanie Baddiri, Staff Sgts. Iskandar Susulan and Ernisar Sappal, Corporal Sulki Andaki and Patrolman Moh Nur  Pasani, all members of the Jolo MPS Alert Team; and Staff Sgt. Almudzrin Hadjaruddin and Patrolmen Alkajal Mandangan and Rajiv Putalan of the Sulu PNP Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit.

The nine were supposedly scheduled to be transferred to Camp Crame last week but the plan was delayed after one of them tested ‘IGM positive’ during a rapid test. After being given the clearance by PNP doctors, they were allowed to board a flight to Manila where they will be held at the PNCO office under a 24-hour guard.

The issued firearms of the nine have been accounted for and are already subject to the disposition of the NBI.

During his separate meeting with the PNP and AFP officials last week, President Duterte told his men to remain calm as he gave his assurance that the guilty ones will suffer.

Gen. Gamboa called on people including the media who think they have evidence and witnesses that would help in the investigation of the Jolo shooting to fully cooperate with the NBI.

“We’re not a perfect organization but this is an isolated case and is not happening every day,” said the PNP chief.

Last week, the PNP chief also talked with another mistah, AFP chief General Felimon Santos Jr. and maintained that the PNP and AFP relationship is founded on a long shared history of cooperation and brotherhood and that they ‘share the same roots and are fighting a common enemy,”

Gen. Gamboa at the same time appealed for calm in the midst of speculation and misrepresentation of facts, some possibly done on purpose, “that tend to erode the police-military unity by driving a wedge between the Sulu Police Provincial Office and the Army’s 11th Infantry Division.

According to the top cop, communication and coordination are key factors in the success or failure of every military or police action. “While the incident is most unfortunate, it should not undermine operational policies and established cooperation guidelines that we have relied on and trusted for years,” he said.

Gen. Gamboa also expressed confidence in the independent probe by the NBI.

With Zaida Delos Reyes