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

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

CRIME SCENE. This is a screenshot of the Jolo, Sulu crime scene after the shooting incident. Screenshot from sourced video

Screenshot from sourced video

The Jolo Regional Trial Court is set to hear the motion for a hold departure order against the dismissed policemen

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.

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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 the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.