According to Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, President Rodrigo Duterte will personally fly to Jolo, Sulu to meet the officers-in-charge and commanders of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) in relation to the Sulu shooting incident between the soldiers of AFP and policemen of Jolo Police Station.
Duterte also plans to personally face the nine policemen involved in the shooting incident that resulted to the deaths of four Army troops.
According to Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana the soldiers were on an official mission. “The soldiers were all part of the 11th Infantry Division were on an “official mission” when the misencounter ensued,” said Sobejana in his earlier interview.
Army spokesperson Col. Ramon Zagala said that the Philippine Army does not believe in the version of the police officers involved in the murder of the Army intelligence operatives, that within one hour of the incident, they were able to file the report.
The four soldiers who died in the shooting were identified as Maj. Marvin Indammog, commanding officer of the 9th Intelligence Service Unit (ISU); Capt. Irwin Managuelod; Sgt. Eric Velasco, and Cpl. Abdal Asula.
The nine policemen who are now the subject of investigation are Police Staff Sergeant Almudzrin Hadjaruddin, Patrolman Alkalaj Mandangan, Patrolman Rajiv Putalan, Police Senior Master Sergeant Abdelzhimar Padjiri, Police Master Sergeant Hanie Baddiri, Police Staff Sergeant Iskandar Susulan, Police Staff Sergeant Ernisar Sappal, Police Corporal Sulki Andaki, and Patrolman Moh Nur Pasani.
Año mentioned that it isn’t clear when will the President will be flying to Sulu because of previous meetings and commitments needed to attend and finish before the meeting in Sulu takes place.