MANILA – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday said it has concluded the autopsy of three of the four army intelligence officers killed in Jolo, Sulu shooting involving police officers earlier this week.
NBI deputy director Ferdinand Lavin said the forensic autopsy results will be forwarded to the NBI Western Mindanao regional office which is conducting an independent investigation on the incident.
“The party requesting for the autopsy is the NBI Western Mindanao Regional Office so we forwarded the report to them,” Lavin said.
He said the cadavers were examined on June 30 at Ilagan Funeral Homes in Paco, Manila after the arrival honors at Villamor Air Force Base.
“One of the three (bodies) suffered eight gunshot wounds,” Lavin said, adding that the gunshot wounds ranged from three to eight per cadaver.
“We sent another forensic team to do crime scene investigation to augment the agents of the Western Mindanao Regional Office who are doing the crime scene investigation in Jolo, Sulu,” Lavin said.
Killed during the incident were Maj. Marvin Indammog, 39; Capt. Irwin Managuelod, 33; Sgt. Jaime Velasco, 38; and Cpl. Abdal Asula, 33.
They were tailing four terrorist suicide bombers when the shooting happened. Asula was buried in Sulu in Muslim rites.
President Rodrigo Duterte wanted to talk with the police officers involved in the shooting incident, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said.
Año also reminded Philippine Army chief Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay to be mindful of making comments over the incident.
Gapay earlier asked for the relief of Jolo police chief Lt. Col. Walter Annayo and Col. Michael Bawayan, Sulu provincial police commander, due to command responsibility.
Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region regional director Brig. Gen. Manuel Abu ordered the relief of Annayo, who will be replaced by Lt. Col. Fillmore Calip, former chief of 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company.
The relieved policemen — S/Sgt. Almudzrin Hadjaruddin, Pat. Alkajal Mandangan, Pat. Rajiv Putalan, Senior M/Sgt. Abdelzhimar Padjiri, M/Sgt. Hanie U Baddiri, S/Sgt. Iskandar Susulan, S/Sgt. Ernisar Sappal, Cpl. Sulki Andaki, and Pat. Mohammad Nur Pasani — were disarmed and placed under the custody of the provincial headquarters. (PNA)