Jolo cop shoots dead Sulu provincial police chief

By Ali G. Macabalang

An online-generated photo of slain Police Colonel Michael Bawayan Jr.

Sulu Provincial police director Colonel Michael Bawayan Jr. was shot and killed on Friday, Aug. 6 along a checkpoint in Jolo by an enlisted man named as Police Staff Sergeant Imran Jilah, 43, who was later slain, too.

Col. Bawayan was inspecting a checkpoint outside Camp Jul-asirim in Barangay Asturias, Jolo, and called out Jilah for his untidy hair at around 4:20p.m., field reports said.

Reportedly slighted by the call, Jilah responded with bullets he fired at his superior. Bawayan’s security aides fired back and killed Jilah also, news accounts said.

“The crime scene is just two blocks away from the house of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan,” the Rapples news said.

Bawayan and Jilah were rushed to the Integrated Provincial Health Office in Sulu but were pronounced dead on arrival. It was not the first time the officer had called out the suspect, a report attributed to the Jolo police said.

PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar has reportedly ordered Bangsamoro Regional Police Director Eden Ugale to create a task force for the investigation of the incident.

Col. Bawayan, a native of Baguio City, was among the police officers who had faced charges after the killing of four Army intelligence agents in what the military said was a case of murder but which the police deemed “misencounter,” a separate report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer said. (PMT)

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