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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has appealed to government troops to “make the waters calm” pending the investigation of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) into the shooting incident in Jolo, Sulu involving police and military forces.

Facing troops in Zamboanga City Friday evening, Duterte said he directed the NBI to “search for the truth” and make public the results of the investigation.

“Sumama ba yung NBI? I have directed the director to investigate. Sinabi ko sa kaniya, imbestigahin mo, search for the truth at kung nakita na ninyo, make it public so that everybody will understand the situation,” according to him.

“There were so much recriminations from different units that I was also bothered looking for a way how to handle the situation. Para kasing the ship of state is sailing, hindi naman typhoon but a little bit turbulent. Nandito ako para maghingi ng tulong sa inyo. Help me make the waters calm kasi ang ating bayan, ship of state, is sailing in that area,” he also said.

Duterte also promised to ensure that justice will be done.

Four army intelligence personnel, who were trying to locate suicide bombers affiliated with the Abu Sayyaf extremist group, were fatally shot by police officers from what they had called a “misencounter.”

“I’m giving you my word of honor that the investigation will proceed to find out the truth, unbridled by anybody. Walang makialam at yung totoo lang. Yun ang maasahan ninyo,” the President said.

“At kung sino man ang may kasalanan, then he has to pay for it. What I’m saying is we’re trying to figure out how we can in the meantime do something to give you the assurance that justice will be done. I am giving it to you I said as a word of honor of a President na I will find out the truth from the investigation and I hope it will satisfy all.

“Ang pulis, kung may kasalanan, eh ‘di hintayin natin at pagkatapos, they will be prosecuted either by court-martial or a regular court. Wala akong pakialam,” he added.

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