MANILA - The body of one of the four soldiers slain by police in Jolo, Sulu was brought back to his hometown in Kalinga province to an emotional hero's welcome on Friday.
The flag-draped casket of Army Maj. Marvin Indammog was flown via military chopper to his native Tanudan town, coming home to salutes from fellow soldiers and cries for justice from distraught relatives.
From Tanudan Mayor Jaedicke Rosse Dagadag
Soldiers from the Philippine Army's 503rd Infantry Brigade accorded arrival honors for Indammog, a member of the Philippine Military Academy's Mandala Class of 2006 who earlier served the Army Scout Rangers.
Indammog was leading three other Army intelligence operatives tracking 2 Abu Sayyaf bombers on Monday when they were shot dead by police near a checkpoint in Jolo.
Police said the incident was a "misencounter," claiming the group sped past the checkpoint on board their vehicle and drew their firearms at pursuing cops.
The military, infuriated by the incident, meanwhile, said the soldiers were not armed and heeded the police officers when they were flagged down. The Army commanding general called the incident a "rubout."
The body of one of the soldiers was earlier buried in Sulu. A wake was held for the three others, including Indammog, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City earlier this week.