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NBI to probe deaths of soldiers shot by police in Jolo

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The National Bureau of Investigation’s Western Mindanao Regional Office (NBI-WEMRO) has been assigned to investigate the deaths of four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu, said NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin.

“Ang imbestigasyon is being handled by our Western Mindanao Regional Office under Regional Director [Moises] Tamayo,” he said.

The move was made at the request of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he will order the NBI to conduct the probe after “the police and the military have agreed to let the NBI handle the investigation of the alleged misencounter in Jolo.”

The four soldiers were killed during an encounter in Jolo on Monday afternoon (June 29).

Police claimed the four identified themselves as soldiers at a checkpoint but refused to let themselves be verified for their identities and eventually led to a firefight.

On the other hand, the Philippine Army said the four victims did submit themselves for verification and did not even fire any shot.

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