MANILA – Philippine authorities are investigating the killing of four Philippine army intelligence personnel by police in a friendly fire incident in Sulu province, Bangsamoro Region.
According to the Military’s regional command, it was confirmed that the police officers shot the army personnel on a private vehicle in the provincial capital of Jolo last Monday.
The military intelligence officers were apparently conducting monitoring in the area to Search for Abu Sayyaf suicide bombers who have linked to the militants who were killed during a raid in Metro Manila on Friday.
The commander of the Western Mindanao Command Lt. Gen. Cirillo Sobejana said that they have not established the motive of the police as of the moment. They have already tapped the National Bureau of Investigation to look at the case and ensure impartiality.
According to a police incident report released, the police officers flagged down a vehicle carrying the soldiers. The police directed the soldiers to a nearby station for the verification of their identity however, the vehicle sped away.
The shooting the incident happened when police officers gave chase, one of the persons in the vehicle disembarked with a firearm and pointed it towards them but the police were able to shoot them first.
According to PNP, their police officers acted in self-defense.
However, A a military officer with information about Monday’s incident reveals that Police tailed the soldier’s van after they had identified themselves, One of the soldier got out with his hands raised up, but the police opened fire.
Philippine Army Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay was enraged and demand’s an investigation to know what really happened.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana called it “a very unfortunate incident” but did not comment any further.
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