MANILA — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has called on the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to step in and conduct an impartial investigation on the killing of four of its soldiers allegedly gunned down by Sulu cops in the capital city of Jolo.
According to reports the incident happened Monday afternoon, June 29, following an alleged confrontation and a chase in the capital.
This is allegedly the version of the cops that the military is disputing.
According to initial reports from the Sulu police, the Jolo municipal cops and a policeman assigned to the Sulu Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit spotted a Gray Montero SUV boarded by four (4) men at around 2:40 pm on Monday.
The four individuals then introduced themselves as members of the AFP but the cops allegedly stopped their vehicle and ordered them to go to the Jolo police station “for verification.”
However, after reaching the station, the report said, the four (4) men suddenly fled towards the direction of Barangay San Raymundo in the same city.
Then the four (4) men eventually stopped then disembarked, allegedly armed.
“The said persons lifted and pointed their firearms towards PNP personnel. However, before they could pull the trigger, the PNP personnel were able to shoot them in defense,” the report read.
The four (4) died on the spot. Their identities of the victims are yet unknown of this writing.
But the military had a different narration of the incident.
AFP Western Mindano Command chief Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana gave a different version saying the soldiers were “doing their work” aboard their SUV when they were “fired upon” by the Sulu cops.
And to obtain an impartial probe on the incident, Sobejana called on the National Bureau of Investigation to step in to conduct an impartial probe on the incident. (ia/SPH)