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Court orders arrest of ex-Jolo cops who killed Army operatives

The Jolo Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered the arrest of 9 former policemen involved in the killing of 4 Army intel operatives in Sulu, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Friday, January 15.

Honey Delgado, spokesperson of the Office of the Prosecutor General, said the arrest warrants were issued on Thursday, January 14.

The court is set to hear the prosecution’s motion requesting a hold departure order, which would prevent the cops from leaving the country.

Why does this matter?

Ideally, the arrest warrants would lead to the detention of the 9 former policemen who have been charged with murder, a non-bailable offense.

Concerns about the former cops' whereabouts were floated after the Philippine National Police (PNP) released them from its custody, following their dismissal from the police service.

In an interview with reporters on Friday, PNP spokesman Brigadier General Ildebrandi Usana called on the 9 policemen to surrender. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

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