The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), led by NBI Western Mindanao Regional Director Moises Tamayo, filed on Tuesday complaints of four counts of murder and planting of evidence against members of the local police in Sulu who were involved in the June 29 shooting that killed four Philippine Army (PA) soldiers in Jolo.
The NBI recommended to the DOJ’s National Prosecution Service (NPS) that the nine policemen namely PSMS Abdelzhimar H Padjiri, Police Master Sergeant Hanie U. Baddiri, P/Staff Sergeant Iskandar I. Susulan, PSSg Ernisar P. Sappal, P/Corporal Sulki M. Andaki, Patrolman Mohammad Nur E. Pasani, PSSg Almudzrin M. Hadjaruddin, Patrolman Alkajal J. Mandangan, and Patrolman Rajiv G. Putalan be prosecuted for murder and planting of evidence in connection with the June 29 killing Major Arvin Indamog, Captain Irwin Managuelod, Sergeant Eric Velasco, and Corporal Abdal Asula.
More so, the NBI also recommended the filing of neglect of duty complaints against Sulu provincial police chief P/Colonel Michael Bawayan, Jolo police chief P/Major Walter Annayo, Sulu Provincial, and Drugs Enforcement Unit chief P/Captain Ariel Corcino.
“The 9 police officers simultaneously attacked the victims who were not given the opportunity to defend themselves,” the NBI’s legal division said.
“While some of the police officers did not fire their issued firearms, CCTV footages and eyewitnesses’ accounts clearly demonstrate that they executed overt acts that constitute as moral assistance to the police officers who actually fired [at] the victims,” it added.
Furthermore, the NBI, stressing that witnesses recounted that Major Marvin Indamog, one of the soldiers, did not carry a firearm when he alighted from their vehicle, said: “Based on the additional pieces of evidence, it could be concluded that the rifle recovered near his left hand was indeed planted.”
The NBI added that the failure of the three Jolo and Sulu police officials to inform their officers of the soldiers’ operation constitutes “gross negligence under the doctrine of command responsibility defined in Executive Order 226.”
Moreover, four of the nine cops tested positive in a paraffin test according to the NBI.