One soldier in Sulu firefight was shot 8 times- NBI autopsy

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MANILA, Philippines – After investigation, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) autopsy results disclosed that cops shot one of the four slained soldiers eight times. This happened in the alleged ‘misencounter’ between the cops and army men.

NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin said that their agency has finsihed autopsy on three bodies. They said that the date of accomplishment was last June 30.

Lavin said that the NBI regional office requested for the headquarters to conduct the autopsy. With that, they flew the cadavers in to a funeral house in Paco, Manila.

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The investigation bureau examined the bodies of Maj. Marvin Indamog, Capt. Irwin Managuelod and Sgt. Eric Velasco. However, the bureau refuses to release further details on their findings.

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However, one of the dead soldiers, Cpl. Abdal Asula, did not take part in the forensic investigation. His family immediately buried him following Islamic traditions.

NBI takes the lead

After seeing contradictions and disagreements in testimonies, both the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police agreed to not conduct investigations. Instead, evidence searching and investigations are now under the NBI.

Originally, the PNP report said that it was a ‘misencounter’. Later, they retracted the statement and clarified that the soldiers didn’t bring out weapons.

The investigation bureau headquarters also sent agents to Western Mindanao to help in the forensics.

Lavin explained, “We sent another forensics team to do crime scene investigation to augment the agents of the Western Mindanao Regional Office who are doing the crime scene investigation in Jolo, Sulu.”

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Meanwhile, the Justice Department has also given directive orders to the said agency. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that the NBI will hand in its initial findings within five days.

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