The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed that the Chief of Jolo Police has been sacked from his post following the fatal shooting of the four Army intel over the weekend.
In a statement, PNP spokesman Bernard Banac said Lieutenant Colonel Walter Annayo was relieved from his post as part of command responsibility for the actions of his nine men who were involved in the slain of the Army’s 9th Intelligence Service Unit (ISU) four-man team led by Major Marvin Indammog, 39, together with Captain Irwin Managuelod, 33; Sergeant Jaime Velasco, 38; and Corporal Abdal Asula, 33.
On Tuesday, a visible enraged Philippine Army chief Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay said that the incident in Sulu was not a misencounter but rather a murder.
“It was murder. It is murder… there is no misencounter dahil hindi naman pumutok ‘yung tropa namin. Nandoon ‘yung mga baril nila sa baba. These are PNP personnel, kung may misencounter, nagkaputukan, palagay niyo walang tatamaan na PNP? This was no misencounter here, it was a rubout…” a visibly enraged Gapay told reporters on Tuesday.
Gapay said that there were nine police officers involved in the incident, noting that 5 of them shot the AFP personnel while the others served as lookout. He then questioned why the cops immediately fled the scene, leaving the bodies of the government troops.
He also called the police spot report as “fabricated, full of inconsistencies, parang sine and very misleading.”