Sulu cops shot dead four members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday afternoon, June 29, after an alleged confrontation and a chase in Jolo’s capital – a claim that the military denies.
The initial report of Sulu police said cops from Jolo and a police officer deployed to the Sulu Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit spotted a Gray Montero SUV at around 2:40 pm Monday. Onboard the vehicle are four men.
The said four men identified themselves as AFP members. Out of suspicion, the police officers stopped SUV and ordered its passengers to proceed to the Jolo police station “for verification.”
When they arrived at the station, the four men fled going to the direction of Barangay San Raymundo, said the police report.
The four men eventually stopped and were already armed when they disembarked.
“The said persons lifted and pointed their firearms towards PNP personnel; However, before they could pull the trigger, the PNP personnel were able to shoot them in defense,” the report said.
The four were all dead on the spot and have not been identified.
AFP’s version of the story
Meanwhile, AFP Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana gave a different version of the incident in a phone interview with Rappler.
Sobejana said the killed AFP soldiers were “doing their work” aboard their SUV when the Sulu cops fired at them.
He called asked National Bureau of Investigation to conduct an impartial investigation on the incident.
PNP has yet to comment on the shooting incident.
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Radio DJ and TV host KC Montero and around 100 people were arrested in Makati City over alleged violation of social distancing protocols, Sunday night.
Jonathan Andal reported on GMA News that Makati City police arrested KC Montero at posh roof deck lounge bar Skye Bar in Barangay Salcedo Village. They allegedly did not follow social distancing protocols amid the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Montero, however, insisted that they observed social distancing inside the bar and restaurant.
“I think para sa mga tao na papunta diyan [those who want to go there], I think what they thought was it was open. So you’re allowed to go. And on top of that everybody was practicing social distancing. The tables were wide apart, were far apart,” he told reporters.