Po­lice probe killing of 3 front­lin­ers

Tempo - - FRONT PAGE - By AARON RECUENCO

The Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice has or­dered a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the killing of three vol­un­teer COVID-19 front­lin­ers while manning a bor­der con­trol check­point in Bu­luan, Maguin­danao Thurs­day.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the fa­tal­i­ties as iden­ti­fied as Ra­sul Luc­man, Teng Ra­jah Buayan, and Ilo Lawan.

A fourth front­liner was wounded and is now re­cu­per­at­ing in a hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice Brig. Gen. Sa­muel Ro­driguez, direc­tor of the PNP Bangsamoro Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao, said they are now con­duct­ing back­ground check and ver­i­fi­ca­tion re­gard­ing the iden­tity of the gun­men.

“I have al­ready or­dered the Bu­luan Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion to con­duct a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion to es­tab­lish the mo­tive and iden­tity of the sus­pects. Check­point and foot pa­trol shall be strictly im­ple­mented by the po­lice for the pos­si­ble ap­pre­hen­sion of the sus­pects,” said Ro­driguez.

The fa­tal­i­ties were killed by uniden­ti­fied gun­men armed with M16 ri­fles on the na­tional high­way in Barangay Pobla­cion.

As vol­un­teers, they are help­ing lo­cal po­lice and the mil­i­tary in en­forc­ing quar­an­tine rules in Bu­luan, par­tic­u­larly on the en­try of peo­ple in the town.

“The vic­tims sus­tained mul­ti­ple wounds that caused their in­stan­ta­neous death, while one wound­ing per­son was brought to the near­est hos­pi­tal. The uniden­ti­fied sus­pects im­me­di­ately fled to an un­known di­rec­tion,” said Ro­driguez.

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