Both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) agreed to let the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to lead the investigation of the ‘misencounter’ in Jolo, Sulu that led to the death of four soldiers Monday afternoon “to ensure impartiality and to eliminate any suspicion of undue influence.”
PNP have extended its condolences to the bereaved families of four soldiers who were killed by policemen in a gunfire in Barangay San Raymundo.
“The PNP leadership extends its deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of two Philippine Army officers and two enlisted men who died in the unfortunate incident,” said in a PNP statement.
PNP also relieved all personnel involved in the incident, particularly from the Jolo Municipal Police Station and “are restricted to quarters in preparation for the NBI’s investigation,” the PNP added in the statement as their immediate administrative action.
The regional director of the Police Regional Office in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region has also been instructed to extend full administrative and operational support to the NBI, according to the PNP.
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