Police chief thought to have been beheaded says it wasn't him

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 27 2017 09:24 PM

Police Sen. Insp. Romer Enriquez said on Saturday that he isn't the officer being referred to this week who was killed and thought to have been beheaded by the Maute group.

Enriquez, who spoke to ABS-CBN News to clarify the issue, is the head of Malabang Municipal Station in Lanao del Sur. 

"Hindi ako iyon," Enriquez said. "Wala naman tumatawag sa akin sa sobrang dami ng mas importanteng bagay para itanong pa iyon sa akin.

"Normal lang iyong ma-misinform sa ganitong sitwasyon kasi hindi pa malinaw iyong mga information."

ARMM PNP Spokesperson Sen. Insp. Marcille Manzano said the policeman who ran into and was killed by the Maute group was Police Sen. Insp. Freddie Solar, a member of the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Police and a former police chief of Malabang.

Solar was killed during an encounter with the Maute group at the Amai Pakpak Hospital in Marawi City.

According to his wife, Solar was forced by the Maute group to imitate how they pray before the terrorists shot him to death. The couple were at the hospital to have his allergies checked.

In a news conference on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned an unnamed Malabang police chief who was killed by the Maute group. 

"The chief of police in Malabang on his way home, going back he was stopped by a checkpoint manned by terrorists and I think they decapitated them right then and there," Duterte told a news conference. — With reports from Lora Mae L. Andong and Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News