THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was elated by the recommendation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Internal Affairs Service (AFP) to dismiss from the service six of the nine policemen involved in the fatal shooting of four Philippine Army intelligence officers at a police checkpoint in Jolo on June 29, 2020.
“The AFP welcomes the reported recommendation by Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) to separate the perpetrators from the PNP service. And if ever that recommendation will be adopted, it is but an administrative penalty,” AFP spokesperson Major General Edgard Arevalo said in a statement on Monday, November 30, 2020.
“We are looking forward to the two-fold criminal and civil liabilities of those involved in the murder of our soldiers. We are waiting anxiously for that day that such verdict will be reached to begin from the filing of the cases, trial, and decision rendered by a competent court,” he added.
Arevalo said the AFP will not “renege” on its commitment to the families of the four slain soldiers to pursue their quest for justice.
Earlier, IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo said they have recommended the dismissal of 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.
All were found guilty of four counts of grave misconduct following the investigation conducted on the incident. They were all members of the Jolo Municipal Police Station Alert Team.
He said based on their investigation, it was a case of murder as the victims were shot despite having put their hands up. He also noted that the victims were shot from behind.
Staff Sergeant Almudzrin M. Hadjaruddin, Patrolmen Alkajal J. Mandangan, and Rajiv G. Putalan were found guilty of less grave neglect of duty and were recommended for 50 days suspension.
They were assigned at the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) of Sulu and were manning the checkpoint where the army officers were intercepted before the shooting.
Relieved Sulu Police Provincial Office director Michael Bawayan, slain Jolo Police chief Walter Annayo and Sulu Provincial Drugs Enforcement Unit chief Ariel Corcino were found guilty of less grave neglect of duty and recommended for suspension for 40 days.
The six policemen facing dismissal along with the three who were assigned at the PDEA have been charged with murder and planting of evidence before the Department of Justice. (SunStar Philippines)