By John Unson
MAGUINDANAO, Philippines — The police chief, relieved in Jolo after his men have killed four Army intelligence operatives in June, was fatally shot by gunmen in Sultan Mastura town Saturday.
Police reports said 41-year-old Lt. Col. Walter Annayo had just alighted from his sports utility vehicle along the stretch of Secretary Narciso Highway in Barangay Macabisto to buy a buco juice from a stall when the gunmen, riding another SUV, came close and fired at him.
The gunmen, witnesses said, fled towards the direction of Parang town.
Annayo succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.
MAGUINDANAO, Philippines — Gunmen killed on Saturday the officer at the helm of the Jolo police station when policemen…
Prior to his assignment in the headquarters of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, he served as the chief of police in Jolo town in Sulu.
During his watch on June, the policemen under him killed Army Major Marvin Indammog, commanding officer of the Intelligence Service Unit-9, and his companions, Captain Irwin Managuelod, Sgt. Eric Velasco, and Corporal Abdal Asula.
The Sulu provincial police said the shootout erupted when the four soldiers, alighted from their vehicle after a brief chase by Jolo police personnel, pulled out guns as they disembarked from their vehicle.
A gunfight ensued between the soldiers and Jolo police personnel, the police version of the incident said.
But Army officials in Sulu, quoting multiple witnesses, insisted the police killed Indammog and his men without a fight.
Indammog and his slain companions were reportedly tracking a group of bombers hiding in Jolo. They perished instead in the alleged encounter with members of the local police.
The incident remains unsolved.