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PNP spokesperson owns up to personnel’s mistake in Sulu misencounter

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Through a live interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source, Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac humbly accepted the fact that the PNP personnel in Jolo might have made an error in conducting the checkpoint regulations Monday afternoon in Sulu which resulted to the deaths of four soldiers, all part of the 11th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“It will be a big lesson for us and we take this seriously that this won’t happen again. Our personnel will be subjected to a thorough investigation. We send our condolences to the bereaved families of the soldiers,” said Banac on his interview with The Source on Tuesday morning with anchor Pinky Webb.

The AFP welcomes the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in stepping in the Sulu misencounter investigation “to ensure impartiality and to eliminate any suspicion of undue influence”.

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The PNP already 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”.

Speaking to Webb, AFP Spokesperson Brig. Major General Edgard Arevalo assured that there will be no retaliation that might trigger, arising after this fateful incident in Sulu.

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