Former Jolo chief sacked over police clash with Army, shot dead

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The former police chief of Jolo, Sulu, who was sacked for neglect of duty after his men killed Army troops in an encounter months ago, was shot dead, a police official confirmed on Saturday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) — The former police chief of Jolo, Sulu, who was sacked for neglect of duty after his men fatally shot Army operatives in a checkpoint incident months ago, was shot dead, a police official confirmed on Saturday.

Brig. Gen. Ildelbrandi Usana, Philippine National Police spokesperson, said regional officials are already investigating the killing of PCapt. Walter Annayo.

"For now, the PNP cannot ascertain, much less release any result yet as to the motive behind (the killing)," said Usana in a statement. "Not even the connection to his assignment as chief of police of Jolo police station where the case involving the alleged shootout between the police and military operatives last July happened."

Annayo was relieved in July after nine policemen under his wing fatally shot four Army intelligence operatives, namely, Maj. Marvin Indammog, Cpt. Irwin Managuelod, Sgt. Jaime Velasco, and Cpl. Abdal Asula, on June 29. The Sulu provincial police office initially said the cops claimed self-defense, but later in a Senate investigation, the officers admitted they were not sure who fired first between them and the Army.

The National Bureau of Investigation also said the police may have planted a rifle on Indammog, after eyewitnesses said the soldier was unarmed when he approached the policemen who eventually attacked him. The agency filed four counts of murder and one count of planting of evidence against the nine policemen.