2 suspects in slay of Jolo police ex-chief sued in Maguindanao

By Ali G. Macabalang

Police Lt. Col. Walter Annayo in Senate inquiry. (File)

COTABATO CITY

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BAR) has filed murder against two suspects in the slay of a controversial Jolo police ex-chief last Nov. 21 in Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao.

CIDG-BAR N investigators named the suspects as Rasul Nahang Radja and Nara Kagatan Asula in a charged sheet filed on Friday, Jan. 29 before the office here of Maguindanao Provincial Prosecutor Rohaira “Kookai” Lao, it was learned.  

The fatality, P/Lt. Col. Walter Annayo, alighted from his car to buy something at a store along Barangay Macabiso in Sultan Mastura town while on his way to the PRO-BAR headquarters from here when gunmen aboard a sports utility vehicle arrived, approached him and opened fire last Nov. 1, reports attributed to the CIDG-BAR  said

The CIDG-BARM is a key player in the Special Investigation Task Group Annayo created by the Bangsamoro regional police office to probe and build a case on the killing of the 41-year old police official.

Annayo, a native of Baguio City, was police chief of Jolo, Sulu when nine subordinate-policemen shot dead on June 29, 2020 four agents of the Philippine Army’s Intelligence Service Unit they reportedly construed as lawless men.

The death of the four Army intelligence operatives caused irritants between police and military camps, leading to a Senate inquiry led by former PNP Chief-turned-Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.

While the Senate probe was in progress, Camp Crame transferred Annayo to the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit of the Parang, Maguindanao-based Camp S.K. Pendatun headquarters of PRO-BAR.

Reports said respondents Radja and Asula were suspected also as illegal drug traffickers, even as some observers suggested that their names sounded like immigrants from the island provinces of the autonomous region.

Brig. Gen. Samuel Rodriguez, police director for the Bangsamoro region, was quoted Saturday as lauding the CIDG-BAR for complying with its duty of identifying Annayo’s assassins and filing the corresponding criminal suit.

The CIDG-BAR was reportedly validating the identities of five other persons implicated in Annayo’s murder. AGM

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