By Nancy Carvajal
The four army soldiers who were shot dead by policemen in Jolo, Sulu didn’t fire their weapons at the supposed encounter with the latter, the National Bureau of Investigation said.
An NBI source told Politiko that results of their forensic probe showed the soldiers tested negative for paraffin or gunpower residue.
The NBI’s findings are contrary to the police report on the shooting incident, which claimed that the soldiers fired their guns at the cops.
The victims were identified as Maj. Marvin Indamog, was the commanding officer of the 9th intelligence service unit, Capt. Irwin Managuelod; Sgt. Eric Velasco; and Cpl. Abdal Asula.
The military said the soldiers were tracking down suspected suicide bombers when they were flagged down by the policemen.
According to the police report, the soldiers were directed to go to a nearby police station for further verification even after they identified themsleves as military officers.
Cops claimed the soldiers tried to escape instead of heading to the police station, so they were chased. The soldiers allegedly pointed their weapons at the police, prompting cops to fire at them.
Politiko’s NBI source several witnesses also disputed the police’s account of the incident.
“There are eyewitnesses and video footage that showed how the whole incident happened,” the source said.
NBI Deputy Director Antonio Pagatpat said that the bureau had started the investigation on the incident and is expected to submit a report within 10 days. Its regional office in Western Mindanao has until the end of the week to submit its findings.
The NBI Western Mindanao Regional Office is expected to submit its initial findings within the week.