Press Release
September 8, 2020

Statement of Senator Risa Hontiveros on the filing of admin charges against PNP officers linked to shooting of 4 soldiers in Jolo, Sulu

We welcome the filing of administrative charges against the Philippine National Police (PNP) officers linked to the murder of four Philippine Army operatives last June 29, 2020 as an important step forward in achieving justice not only for the fallen soldiers, but also for the 14 people killed in the twin bombing incidents in Jolo last August 24, 2020.

The four soldiers were tracking the two female suicide bombers who later allegedly carried out the deadly Jolo blasts when they were shot to death by PNP personnel at a checkpoint. Malalim ang koneksyon ng dalawang insidente na ito. Kailangan ang kumpleto at walang cover-up na imbestigasyon para malaman natin kung ano ang nangyari, sino ang may pakana, at mapigilan ang ganyang klaseng karahasan sa hinaharap.

Authorities investigating these two incidents should be provided a free rein so they could conduct an impartial, comprehensive and independent investigation. This is why I continue to call on the PNP leadership to temporarily relieve the entire Jolo, Sulu police force.

Sa ganyang paraan, maiibsan ang pangamba ng publiko at mawawala ang anumang haka-haka na napasok na ng mga terorista ang ating Philippine National Police. I urge the PNP to undertake all necessary measures that will build back public confidence in our national police force after such a troubling event.

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