Go says Senate to probe police killing of 4 soldiers in Sulu

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2020 03:04 PM

MANILA - Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go on Thursday said the Senate committees on national defense, and public order and dangerous drugs would look into the police killing of 4 soldiers in Sulu.

The 4 military men were tracking Abu Sayyaf bomb makers in Jolo town when they were flagged at a police checkpoint and were later on gunned down by at least 9 policemen. The Army chief called the incident a "rubout," while police claimed it was a "misencounter."

"Napakasakit din po ng nangyari. ‘Di na natin maibabalik ang buhay ng tao, bigyan na lang natin ng hustisya at malaman ang katotohanan," said Go, vice chair of the Senate Committee on National Defense.

(What happened was painful. We can't bring back those lives, we can just give them justice and find out the truth.)

"Nakakalungkot ito. Nagtatrabaho ang mga ito para labanan ang mga terorista, sila pa ang nadale," he told reporters after visiting the wake of the slain soldiers.

(This is sad. They were working to fight terrorists, and they were the ones hit.)

Opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros has filed a resolution to formally launch a Senate investigation against "trigger-happy" police officers.

Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs chair Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa, a former police chief, earlier said congressional investigations into the case would begin once Hontiveros' resolution is referred to the panel.

The National Bureau of Investigation has been reviewing the testimonies of eyewitnesses to verify the initial police report.