MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Army Commanding General Gilbert Gapay cries murder over the death of four military personnel in conflict with members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Jolo, Sulu on Monday (June 29).
“It was murder. There was no misencounter dahil hindi naman pumutok iyong tropa namin. Andon ang mga baril nila sa baba. [There was no misencounter because our troops did not pull a trigger. Their firearms were down.] It was a rubout!” he stressed.
The PNP, for its part, did not deny that the incident was not a misencounter but instead, was a shooting incident.
“Nais din natin bigyang linaw ang naunang pahayag na umano ay merong misencounter. Ayon sa ating pagaanalisa ng report na unang nailabas at officially released spot report ay nakita natin na wala namang paggamit or pagpapaputok ng baril mula sa mga namatay na sundalo,” noted PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac.
[We want to clarify earlier reports of an alleged misencounter. After analyzing the officially released as a spot report, we concluded that the fallen soldiers did not exchange gunshots.]
“Ang nakalagay lamang doon ay umamba kaya yaon ang naging response ng ating Jolo Municipal Personnel. Batay sa pag-aaral na iyan makikita natin na hindi na ito misencounter ito ay isang shooting Incident,” he added.
[What was written there was that the soldiers positioned to shoot thus the response of out Jolo Municipal Police personnel. Based on our analysis, it was no longer a misencounter but a shooting incident.]
The PNP Spokesperson, however, refused to comment further on Gapay’s claim of a rubout.
“Iginagalang natin ang mga pahayag ng ating mga pinuno at mga kasama sa Philippine Army at sa Armed Forces of the Philippines subalit ipinauubaya na natin ito sa NBI na syang maglalabas kung ano talaga ang tunay na nangyari,” Banac said.
[We respect the statements of our officers and comrades in the Philippine Army and the Armed Forces of the Philippines but we leave it to the NBI to release the report as to what really happened.]
“Kung ano ang mga naging sequence of events at kung ano ang magiging conclusion at kung ano man ito ay handa itong suportahan ng Philippine National Police,” he assured.
[The Philippine National Police is ready to support whatever the sequence of events and conclusions may arise from it.]
The PNP expressed its sincere apology to its comrades in the military for the death of the four soldiers while it assured that those responsible in the incident will be penalized accordingly.
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he does not want to speculate as to what really transpired in the encounter as he is not buying the claims of rubout and murder against the military personnel.
He said the AFP and the PNP have conflicting statements regarding the events that transpired in the scene thus he prefered to wait for the result of the NBI’s investigation on the incident.
“It’s not good to speculate. The accounts from both sides are conflicting. Let’s wait for the NBI investigation,” Lorenzana said.
Nonetheless, he said he fully understood Gen Gapay’s burst of emotions because the victims were among his men in the AFP.
“He is just repeating the reports he got from our people on the ground. Of course, the event happened just the other day and emotions are high among the Army troops. The army leadership in Sulu are trying hard to calm their people while inquiry is going on,” Lorenzana said. —MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it welcomes the findings of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) regarding the so-called “misencounter” between the national police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
The PNP assured that all its personnel involved are fully accounted for and would be made available should the Department of Justice require their participation in the conduct of its own review with regard to the findings submitted by the NBI.
On Monday (September 7), the NBI has recommended filing charges against 12 Quezon City policemen for their involvement in the “misencounter” during an illegal drugs operation last February 24 in Quezon City.
The national police, in a statement, also said that the incident has paved the way in clearing the gray areas in the coordination protocol and in outlining improvements and institutionalization of measures to prevent the repeat of the incident.
The Memorandum Circular, entitled Unified Coordination Guidelines in the Conduct of Anti-Illegal Drugs Operation was signed by the PNP chief and the PDEA Director General last July.
“The Philippine National Police commits to honoring and institutionalizing the PDEA-PNP Memorandum Circular as both law enforcement agencies aspire to put an end to the illegal drugs menace in the country,” the statement read. –AAC
MANILA, Philippines — All 50 cadavers of military personnel who perished in the fiery July 4 C-130 crash in Sulu have been identified, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday.
In a statement, the AFP said the recently identified remains were the following:
Corporal Dexter E Estrada (Philippine Army)
Corporal Reynel A Matundin (Philippine Army)
Corporal Gulam H Ismael (Philippine Army)
Private First Class Bengie S Malanog (Philippine Army)
Private Ian R Azuelo (Philippine Army)
Private Erwin M Canton (Philippine Army)
Private Mansueto B Lingatong III (Philippine Army)
Private Mar Jhun T Capagngan (Philippine Army)
Private Michael C Dalore (Philippine Army)
Airman Second Class Glen Mar G Biscocho (Philippine Air Force)
The AFP said the remains of the deceased personnel, which were identified with the help of the PNP-SOCO, have already been transported to their hometowns so they can be reunited with their families.
“The AFP condoles with the families of our deceased comrades in this time of grief,” the military said.
“Rest assured that they will be provided with the necessary support and assistance as well as the benefits due to the soldiers who died in the line of duty,” it added.
The C-130 plane was carrying 96 passengers when it crashed in Patikul, Sulu.
The incident took the lives of 53 individuals, including 50 soldiers and three civilians on the ground, and injured 46 servicemen and four civilians.
Most of the fatalities were burned beyond recognition.
“The memories of our brave comrades who paid the ultimate sacrifice will live on not only in their families but throughout the military organization who continues to risk everything to achieve just and lasting peace for our nation,” the AFP said.
Below is the complete list of 50 personnel in C-130 plane tragedy:
Maj Emmanuel V Macalintal PAF 2. Maj Michael Vincent Benolerao PAF 3. Cpt Nigello Emeterio PAF 4. 1lt Karl Joseph T Hintay PAF 5. 2lt Sheena Alexandrea Tato NC – PAF 6. TSg Mark Anthony Agana PAF 7. TSg Donald P Badoy PAF 8. TSg Nelson B Hadjiri (QMS) PA 9. TSg Salahi J Abdurahman (Inf) PA 10. SSg Jan Niel Y Macapaz PAF 11. SSg Michael P Bulalaque PAF 12. Sgt Butch D Maestro (Inf) PA 13. Sgt Jack P Navarro PAF 14. Sgt Jelson J Sadjail (Inf) PA 15. A1C Fortunate L Regidor PAF 16. A2C Glen Mar G Biscocho PAF 17. Cpl Dexter E Estrada (Inf) PA 18. Cpl Reynel A Matundin (Inf) PA 19. Cpl Gulam H Ismael (Inf) PA 20. Cpl Jay-Ar V Obenita (Inf) PA 21. Cpl Alhamin U Salahuddin (Inf) PA 22. Cpl Jerome M Balivado (Inf) PA 23. Cpl Jemmar B Mondido (Inf) PA 24. PFC Philip Dante T Camilosa (Inf) PA 25. PFC Carlos D Dapanas Jr (Inf) PA 26. PFC Felizalday M Provido (Inf) PA 27. PFC Christopher A Rollon (Inf) PA 28. PFC Marchi E Bonzales (Inf) PA 29. PFC Keth Kane S Alegarme (Inf) PA 30. PFC Alzid S Hawrani (Inf) PA 31. PFC Nazer S Albaracin (Inf) PA 32. PFC Lester Al T Lagrada (Inf) PA 33. PFC Bensheen V Sabaduquia (Inf) PA 34. PFC Bengie S Malanog (Inf) PA 35. Pvt Ian R Azuelo (Inf) PA 36. Pvt Erwin M Canton (Inf) PA 37. Pvt Mansueto B Lingatong III (Inf) PA 38. Pvt Mar Jhun T Capagngan (Inf) PA 39. Pvt Michael C Dalore (Inf) PA 40. Pvt Mark Nash P Lumanta (Inf) PA 41. Pvt Vic A Monera (Inf) PA 42. Pvt Jomar A Gabas (Inf) PA 43. Pvt Marcelino H Alquisar (Inf) PA 44. Pvt Mel Mark L Angana (Inf) PA 45. Pvt Reymar C Carmona (Inf) PA 46. Pvt Jesfel D Mequiabas (Inf) PA 47. Pvt Archie S Barba (Inf) PA 48. Pvt Carlos Jhun C Paragua Jr (Inf) PA 49. Pvt Joey T Loterte (Inf) PA 50. Pvt Kevin L Damole (Inf) PA
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