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President Duterte appeals for sobriety; meeting deported Filipinos in Tawi-Tawi from Sandakan

President Duterte meets AFP and PNP officials separately

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte met with the top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Zamboanga City yesterday where he called for sobriety after four Philippine Army troopers were killed by police elements last Monday afternoon, June 29 in Jolo town which the police earlier described as a “mis-encounter” while some AFP officials called “rubout.”

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, in a video message sent to media outlets said President Duterte met with the AFP and PNP officials separately and assured both establishments that justice will prevail.

“He appealed to both the AFP and PNP officials for sobriety and allow the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) do its official investigation,” Secretary Roque said. He added once probable cause will be found, formal complaints will be filed against those responsible for the incident.

Secretary Roque said President Duterte, accompanied by Secretaries Delfin N. Lorenzana of the Department of National Defense and Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., chief implementer of the National Action Plan against COVID-19 will fly to Tawi-Tawi to meet some 300 undocumented Filipinos who were deported by Malaysian authorities from Sandakan in Sabah. (Melo M. Acuña)

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (Screen grab from PCOO Video release)

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