Ex-Jolo police chief Annayo shot dead in Maguindanao

(File) Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs: Philippine National Police (PNP) Lt. Col. Walter Annayo, who was relieved as police chief of Jolo, Sulu following the fatal shooting of four Army soldiers last June 29, 2020, testifies before the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs hybrid hearing Wednesday, August 19, 2020, (Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB)

MANILA, Philippines — Former Jolo, Sulu police chief Police Lieutenant Colonel Walter Annayo, who is facing cases over the June 29 fatal shooting of four Army intelligence officers, was shot dead in Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao on Saturday afternoon.

In an initial report from the Maguindanao Police Provincial Office, Annayo, 41, had just parked his car to buy buko (coconut water) juice along the Narciso Ramos Highway in Barangay Macabiso when an unidentified gunman on board a white Toyota Fortuner, shot him in the head and the body.

Police said Annayo died on the spot. The incident happened at around 1:45 p.m.

To recall, Annayo was administratively relieved after nine of his men were involved in the fatal shooting of four soldiers last June 29 in Jolo.

After his relief, Annayo was assigned to the Regional personnel Holding Administrative Office at the Police Regional Office in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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Meanwhile, the Jolo Municipal government also sent their condolences to Annayo’s bereaved family.

“We condole with the bereaved family for the loss of PLTCOL WALTER W. ANNAYO. Thank you Sir for the service that you have rendered to us,” the local government said.