Army help sought in arrest of cops who killed soldiers

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    THE PNP is seeking assistance from the Philippine Army for the arrest of nine Sulu policemen indicted for the murder of four Army intelligence personnel in June last year as negotiations for their surrender yielded no result.

    In a press briefing in Camp Crame yesterday, PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas said the PNP recently furnished the Army and the NBI copies of the arrest warrant against the fugitive policemen.

    The PNP tried to negotiate with the policemen to surrender even if it deployed tracker teams to arrest them since a Sulu court issued warrants for their arrest on January 14.

    The policemen were initially detained in Camp Crame but were freed early in January because they have been dismissed from the service and no arrest warrant has been issued at that time.

    The nine are Senior Master Sgt. Abdelzhimar Padjiri, Master Sgt. Hanie Baddiri, Staff Sgt. Iskandar Susulan and Ernisar Sappal, Cpl. Sulki M. Andaki , and Pat. Moh. Nur Pasani, all members of the Jolo Municipal Police Station Alert Team; and Staff Sgt. Almudzrin Hadjaruddin, and Pat. Alkajal Mandangan and Rajiv Putalan of the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit.

    They were indicted for the killing of Maj. Marvin Indamog, Capt. Irwin Managuelod, Sgt. Jaime Velasco, and Cpl. Abdal Asula, all of the 9th Intelligence Security Unit based in Jolo, in June last year.

    The four soldiers were flagged down by the policemen as they were tracking a group of Abu Sayyaf bombers. Since they were in civilian clothes and could not present identification cards, the soldiers were told to proceed to the police station. They were shot by the policemen shortly after parking about 50 meters from the station.

    Sinas said some of the policemen, who earlier aired willingness to surrender, are now hesitant to surrender.

    “We already gave a copy of the warrant of arrest to the Army so they can help us (arrest them). They’re afraid to surrender because of their safety in spite of our promise to help them, and to assist them,” he said.

    “We assured them they will be (detained) here in Camp Crame but they don’t want to surrender. We cannot force them (to surrender) so our manhunt will continue,” said Sinas.