MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday recommended to the Department of Justice (DOJ) the filing of complaints against police officers involved in the killing of four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu in late June.
In its report to the DOJ, the NBI recommended the filing of four counts of murder and planting of evidence against the following cops:
- PSMS Abdelzhimar Padjiri
- Police Master Sergeant Hanie Baddiri
- P/Staff Sergeant Iskandar Susulan
- PSSg Erniskar Sappal
- PCorporal Sulki Andaki
- Patrolman Mohammad Nur Pasani
- PSSg Almudzrin Hadjaruddin
- Patrolman Alkajal Mandangan
- Patrolman Rajiv Putalan
The NBI also recommended the filing of neglect of duty charges against three police officials:
- Sulu Provincial Police director P/Colonel Michael Bayawan Jr.
- Jolo Municipal Police Station chief P/Major Water Annayo
- Sulu Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit chief P/Captain Ariel Corcino
The shooting incident happened on June 29. Four soldiers were said to be tailing alleged suicide bombers when they were supposedly accosted by nine cops.
Despite identifying themselves as members of the military, they were instructed by the policemen to proceed to the police station for the verification of their identities.
Police spot report stated that the shooting incident transpired when the soldiers allegedly tried to escape and pointed their weapons at the police officers, which allegedly prompted the cops to open fire.
The NBI was tasked to investigate the incident as both agreed by the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The DOJ said the complaints will be elevated to the court once it has found a probable cause. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)
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