PNP Chief Police General Archie Gamboa assures that the PNP’s professional relationship with the AFP will not be affected by that unfortunate shooting incident in Jolo on Monday that resulted to the death of two Army officers and two enlisted personnel.
The Chief PNP was seated beside Chief of Staff, AFP Gen. Felimon Santos Jr at the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) when he reiterated that “Our relationship is founded on a long shared history of cooperation and brotherhood. In fact, we are inter-operable in the field because we share the same roots and are fighting a common enemy.”
Gamboa appeals for calm in the midst of speculation and misrepresentation of facts, some possibly done on purpose, “that tend to erode the police-military unity by driving a wedge between Sulu PNP and 11th ID, Philippine Army.”
He said communication and coordination are key factors in the success or failure of every military or police action. “While the incident is most unfortunate, it should not undermine operational policies and established cooperation guidelines that we have relied on and trusted for years,” he added.
He also announced that all nine Police Non-Commissioned Officers involved in that incident are now restricted to quarters at the Sulu Police Provincial Office in Jolo to ensure their availability to face investigation.
They are: PSMS Abdelzhimar H Padjiri, PMSg Hanie U Baddiri, PSSg Iskandar I Susulan, PSSg Ernisar P Sappal, PCpl Sulki M Andaki , and Pat Moh. Nur E Pasani, all members of the Jolo MPS Alert Team; and PSSg Almudzrin M Hadjaruddin, Pat Alkajal J Mandangan, and Pat Rajiv G Putalan of the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) of Sulu.
Their issued firearms have been accounted and secured and are now subject to the disposition of the NBI investigators, Gamboa said as he expressed confidence in the independent probe by the NBI.
“The PNP is committed to determine the truth and rest assured that we will support and abide by the findings and recommendations of the NBI,” he said.
“I have complete faith in the competence and professionalism of NBI to establish the facts and answer all questions that will uncover the truth behind this tragedy. Let the axe fall where it may for the sake of truth and justice,” the Chief PNP said. PNP-PIO