Jolo incident won’t affect PNP-AFP ties

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday assured that the PNP’s  professional relationship with the Armed Forces will not be affected by the unfortunate shooting incident in Jolo on Monday which led to the killing of two Army officers and two enlisted personnel.

Seated beside his mistah from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986, AFP chief General Felimon Santos Jr., Gen. Gamboa reiterated that “our (PNP and AFP)  relationship is founded on a long shared history of cooperation and brotherhood. In fact, we are inter-operable in the field because we 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 said that nine Police Non-Commissioned Officers involved in that incident are now restricted to quarters at the Sulu Police Provincial Office in Jolo to ensure their availability to face 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 issued firearms of the nine have been accounted for and are already subject to the disposition of the National Bureau of Investigation.

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

“The PNP is committed to determine the truth and rest assured that we will support and abide by the findings and recommendations of the NBI.” he said.

“I have complete faith in the competence and professionalism of NBI to establish the facts and answer all questions that will uncover the truth behind this tragedy. Let the axe fall where it may for the sake of truth and justice,” the PNP chief said.