Jul 3, 2020 @ 11:38

More NBI probers sent to Jolo, Sulu to investigate ‘misencounter’

The National Bureau of Investigation on Friday dispatched more probers to Jolo, Sulu to assist in the ongoing investigation into the bloody ‘misencounter’ which led to the deaths of four Army officers last Monday.

NBI Deputy Director and concurrent spokesman Ferdinand Lavin revealed this development, a day after the bureau divulged the initial autopsy report performed on three of the four soldiers.

“Now we sent another forensic team to do crime scene investigation doon mismo sa Jolo para malaman natin kahit paano kung ano nangyari, ” Lavin said.

On Thursday, Lavin disclosed that an autopsy performed on the soldiers killed during the so-called Sulu ‘misencounter’ showed that one of them sustained a total of eight (8) gunshot wounds.

Lavin rconfirmed that the bureau conducted autopsy on three of the four Army officers last Tuesday night.

One of the dead Army officer wasn’t among the troopers autopsied by the NBI since as per Muslim tradition, he should be buried within 24 hours after his death.

The NBI Forensic Unit in Manila conducted the autopsy as requested by their counterparts in Zamboanga. The bodies were flown to Manila on Tuesday afternoon.

“One of the three suffered eight gunshot wounds,” Lavin disclosed.

On the other, Lavin said that the two other Army officers sustained not lower than three fatal gunshot wounds.

Lavin, however, refused to give more details as this might preempt the NBI’s ongoing investigation into the bloody incident last Monday.

“Tapos na yung autopsy on the cadavers. The result was already brought there by a team from Manila,” Lavin said.

Ealier, the NBI accepted a request to conduct an independent probe into the alleged misencounter between Army members and policemen in Jolo, Sulu.

This was after the leaderships of the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines allowed the NBI to step in after both sides gave conflicting versions.

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