Jul 2, 2020 @ 18:00

One of the soldiers sustained 8 fatal gunshot wounds, autopsy showed

An autopsy conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation on the soldiers killed during the so-called Sulu ‘misencounter’ showed that one of them sustained a total of eight (8) gunshot wounds that could have quickly ended his life.

NBI Deputy Director and concurrent spokesman Ferdinand Lavin revealed this on Thursday as he confirmed 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.

He disclosed that a team from NBI Manila has already brought the autopsy report to Zamboanga.

“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.

“Nag-usap na po ang hepe ng Philippine National Police, si Police General Archie Gamboa, at ang ating AFP Chief of Staff si Gen. Felimon Santos Jr., at nagkasundo sila na hingin nga po ang tulong ng National Bureau of Investigation upang magkaroon ng separate at impartial, independent investigation dito,” Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesperson, said in a television interview over CNN Philippines.

The fatalities were identified in a police report from the Jolo municipal police station as Maj.Arvin Indamog, commanding officer of the Army’s 9th Intelligence Service Unit (9ISU), Capt. Irwin Managuelod, field station commander, and intelligence operatives Sgt. Jaime Velasco Jr. and Cpl. Abdal Asula.

The local office of the NBI in Zamboanga City was already dispatched to start the investigation.

Initial reports from the Sulu Provincial Police Office said the policemen involved claimed self-defense, after the soldiers supposedly lifted and pointed their firearms first to the police.

The report added that the incident occurred when the soldiers allegedly tried to flee the police station after they were brought in for questioning.

The Army, however, refuted the claims, calling the initial police report as “fabricated” and “misleading.”

Army Spokesman Col. Ramon Zagala Jr. maintained that the troops could not have engaged the policemen in a firefight as they had “properly coordinated and identified themselves” as soldiers.

Also, Arevalo denied the troops tried to leave the police station.#

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