ILIGAN CITY - A police officer was forced to imitate how Maute terrorists pray before they shot and killed him in Marawi City, his wife said.
Manilyn Solar, wife of Senior Inspector Fredie Solar, said her husband was forced to his knees by one of the group’s armed members and pray like they do.
"Sabi ng kasama niya, ‘Sir, gayahin mo ako,’ yung mga dasal nila. 'Di naman niya alam. Ngayon tumayo yung asawa ko, nag-ikot sa van na sinakyan namin, parang nakatitig siya sa akin. Sabi ko, ‘Sakay ka na sa van.’ Inisip din siguro niya na kung magpahalata siyang may kasama siya dun sa van, baka pati kaming lahat barilin," Manilyn told ABS-CBN News.
Before her husband was shot, a member of the Maute group said, “One cop didn’t pray,” (‘Yung isang pulis, hindi nagdasal).
Manilyn said her husband was accompanying her to the hospital to get her allergy treated when they were stopped by the armed men.
She said she earlier tried to convince her husband to change clothes instead of wearing his police uniform.
Manilyn added that when she was ordered to get into a van, her husband got out and tried to drive a patrol car to the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) headquarters.
Before her husband could get away, the Maute group stopped him.
Manilyn said the Maute group members guarded her husband’s body for an hour before they called hospital staff to get his remains.
While she was being treated, panic ensued inside the hospital in fear of the terrorists who may try to get inside the facility.
"Nandun kami sa third floor, kung anong mangyayari, tatalon na talaga ako. Pinipigilan lang din kami ng mga Christian na kasama ko," she said.
[We were on the third floor. Whatever happens, I will jump. We were stopped by Christians who were with me.]
Manilyn said they only went down to the lower floors after the bandits left the area. Her husband was dead by then.
Fredie belonged to the Philippine National Police Academy PNPA class of 2007. He was assigned to Mindanao.
His family in Baguio pleaded to get him re-assigned to Luzon but he was not permitted.
“He said, ‘I’m okay, ate. They respect me here.” I said we will respect whatever his decision is,” said Susan Solar-Urbano, Fredie’s sister.
His remains are now in Iligan City and will be brought home to Baguio City. - report from Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News