Army investigating Coast Guard member's death

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 23 2015 11:59 PM | Updated as of Apr 24 2015 07:59 AM

MANILA -- The Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division is investigating the death of a Coast Guard member who was allegedly killed by a soldier last April 12.

The victim was identified as Vladimir Eduerte, a resident of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija.

His relatives said Eduerte was having a drinking session with some of his friends in Bulan, Sorsogon when their group got into an argument with a group of soldiers.

Eduerte was allegedly shot by one of the soldiers after he tried to stop the argument between the two groups.

According to Eduerte's family, around 10 soldiers were involved in the incident. Two of them are still unidentified.

They urged the military to surrender the soldier who killed Eduerte.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato said they will cooperate with the investigation being carried out by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

"The Philippine Army, particularly the 9th Infantry Division, is looking closely into the matter to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. We do not condone this act," Detoyato said in a statement.

The official added that the military will facilitate the surrender of 9 military personnel allegedly involved in the incident.

The soldiers will also undergo paraffin test and ballistic examination of their firearms in order to determine who among them shot Eduerte.

If found guilty the Army personnel will be discharged from the service, and will suffer criminal liabilities in court, Detoyato said.

"The Philippine Army does not and will not tolerate any misbehavior committed by our soldier. The soldiers are aware of certain Standard Operating Procedures and Articles of War that we, as soldiers, have to live by whether in combat or while doing administrative duties. Soldiers understand fully well that any infraction thereof has corresponding penalties," he added.