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Duterte Asks Military To Calm Down & Let NBI Probe Cops Who Killed Troops

SOLDIERS KILLED BY COPS – President Rodrigo Duterte asked the Philippines Military to calm down and to let the NBI do their job.

Recently, the police force has become the center of criticism after policemen at a checkpoint killed 4 military personnel. The incident happened in the rebel stronghold of Sulu province.

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Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Duterte already met with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Duterte Tells Military To Calm Down, Asks To Let NBI Investigate Killing
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Together, they discussed details of the grim event that transpired in Sulu. However, prior to the meeting, there have been several contradicting details of the event regarding who fired first.

Following this, Harry Roque, through a video message said:

Iisa lang ho ang naging mensahe ng ating Presidente: Sisiguraduhin niya na magkakaroon po ng katarungan, makukulong at parurusahan lahat ng mga nagkasala tungkol po dito.

(Our President only has one message. He wants to make sure that justice would be given and that those found guilty would be imprisoned and punished).

Furthermore, Roque said that Duterte appealed to both the PNP and the AFP to calm down. Additionally, said Duterte’s plea was to allow the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) time to investigate the killing of the troops.

According to a report from ABS-CBN, police previously stated the soldiers were not in uniform and pointed their guns at policemen in a checkpoint. However, this was decried by the military and said the soldiers gave full cooperation.

However, despite giving the documents necessary to prove they were part of the military, the police still fired at them. Meanwhile, Duterte said he was not ready to condemn anybody over the incident.

There is an investigation and I am giving you my word of honor that the investigation will proceed to find out the truth unfettered, unbridled by anybody

READ ALSO: Military Asks NBI To Probe Death Of 4 Soldiers In Jolo, Sulu

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