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Sulu Police Chief Shot Dead by Staff He Reprimanded Over Long Hair in Checkpoint

SULU POLICE CHIEF – The chief of the Sulu provincial police office died after being shot by his own staff at the quarantine checkpoint in Jolo.

The shot officer was named as Police Colonel Michael Bawayan Jr. based on a report. Bawayan’s security officers also shot and killed the suspect, Police Staff Sergeant Imran Jilah.

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According to preliminary investigation, the incident occurred on Friday afternoon in Barangay Asturias at the quarantine checkpoint. While manning a police quarantine control post, it was discovered that the suspect, Jilah, 43, was still holding a service firearm, an M4 rifle.

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While manning the quarantine control point, Bayawan allegedly picked up Jilah because of her long hair, based on the initial investigation. Holding the scissors, Bayawan allegedly approached Jilah, but the suspect allegedly shot his superior.

Jilah shot his chief after Bawayan apparently stated something he didn’t like. Bawayan’s security forces returned fire, killing Jilah as well.

Last year, Bawayan was involved in the Sulu encounter, which resulted in the deaths of four soldiers. Brig. Gen. Eden Ugale, Director of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO-BARMM), the fair and prompt settlement of the assassination of Sulu Police Director, Col. Michael Bawayan Jr.

 “The tragic loss of Col. Bawayan is undeniably heartbreaking to the entire police force of PRO-BARMM. We mourn for the loss of a comrade who died while performing his sworn duty,” said Ugale.

“The PRO-BARMM considers this as an isolated incident. In no way will such an incident affect the sworn duty of PRO-BARMM personnel to serve and protect our people in the Bangsamoro region.”

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