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Lorenzana welcomes dismissal of 9 cops in slay of Army intel men in Sulu

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 11:12 AM January 02, 2021

Screenshot of CCTV footage in the aftermath of the Jolo, Sulu shooting

MANILA, Philippines — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Saturday welcomed the dismissal of nine police officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of four Army intelligence agents in Jolo, Sulu in June last year.

“We welcome Gen. Debold Sinas’s approval of the dismissal of the nine police officers involved in the shooting incident in Jolo, Sulu on 29 June 2020, which led to the deaths of four Philippine Army officers and soldiers,” he said in a statement.

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He also sympathized with the families of the dismissed police officers, who, he said, are “facing long jail terms.”

“Their families are as much a victim of the incident as the families of the soldiers who were killed,” Lorenzana said.

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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA

“Moving forward, we hope that the AFP and PNP learn from this incident, and take concrete steps to prevent such things from happening in the future,” he added.

PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana earlier said that Sinas approved on Friday the recommendation of the PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS) to dismiss the following police officers:

Senior Master Sergeant Abdelzhimar Padjiri

Master Sergeant Hannie Baddiri

Staff Sergeant Iskandar Susulan

Staff Sergeant Erniskar Sappal

Corporal Sulki Andaki

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Patrolman Moh Nur Pasani from the Jolo Municipal Police Station

Staff Sergeant Almudzrin Hadjaruddin

Patrolman Alkajal Mandangan

Patrolman Rajiv Putalan from the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) of the Sulu police.

The dismissal order, however, may still be appealed with the National Police Commission.

As of Friday, the nine officers remained under restrictive custody at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

The PNP informed the Department of Justice that 10 days after the dismissal is finalized and if there is no arrest warrant issued by the court against them during that period, the officers would be released to their relatives. #

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