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9 Jolo cops invoke right to remain silent

THE nine policemen implicated in the shooting incident that killed four army personnel in Jolo, Sulu invoked their right to remain silent when they faced the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

The nine policemen, who are under restrictive custody in Camp Crame, were brought to the NBI head office in Manila for the preliminary investigation Wednesday.

They were accompanied by their lawyers. Policemen from the Manila Police District were deployed to secure the vicinity of the NBI office.

According to NBI Regional Deputy Director Antonio Pagatpat, the lawyers said they will submit their clients’ affidavits to the prosecutor once the NBI files charges.

Pagatpat said they will make recommendations based on the affidavits of the witnesses and the result of the ballistic and forensic examination.

The NBI said at least 11 witnesses have issued their affidavits. They were still waiting for another witness to submit his affidavit on the incident.

NBI officer-in-charge Eric Distor said they will submit the report and recommendation to the Department of Justice by Friday, July 17.

Four soldiers — Major Marvin Indammog, Captain Irwin Managuelod, Sergeant Jaime Velasco and Corporal Abdal Asula — were killed at a police checkpoint in Jolo on June 29.

The NBI earlier said one of the soldiers had eight gunshot wounds while two others had three each. The remains of the fourth soldier were not subjected to forensic examination but had to be immediately buried in accordance with Islamic tradition.

DOJ secretary Menardo Guevarra said the bullet wounds were found on the soldiers’ backs.

The Philippine Army said the soldiers were on an official mission against suicide bombers.

The cops involved in the shooting were identified as Senior Master Sergeant Abdelzhimar H. Padjiri, Master Sergeant Hanie U. Baddiri, Staff Sergeant Iskandar I. Susulan, Staff Sergeant Ernisar P. Sappal, Corporal Sulki M. Andaki and Patrolman Moh Nur E. Pasani who were all members of the Jolo Municipal Police Station Alert Team; and Staff Sergeant Almudzrin M. Hadjaruddin, Patrolmen Alkajal J. Mandangan, and Rajiv G. Putalan.

They were assigned at the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) of Sulu. They have been placed under restrictive custody in Camp Crame to ensure their availability in the NBI investigation. (SunStar Philippines)


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