Lacson lauds AFP for 'rectifying' claim police 'tampered' with Jolo crime scene

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2020 05:29 PM

Sen. Panfilo Lacson raises a point during the deliberation on the extension of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act at the Philippine Senate on June 1, 2020. Joseph Vidal, Senate PRIB/file

MANILA - Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Friday lauded the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for "immediately rectifying false claims" against the policemen linked to the killing of 4 soldiers in Sulu.

Philippine Army earlier clarified that men seen in a viral video checking bodies of 4 slain soldiers in Jolo town are members of the military, and not policemen tampering with the crime scene.

"My snappy salute to the AFP for their maturity and professionalism in immediately rectifying false claims that responding policemen tampered with the crime scene in Jolo, Sulu," Lacson said in a tweet.

The AFP even went to "the extent of apologizing for the action of their soldiers in mishandling the situation," said the senator, who once served as the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Tension between the AFP and the PNP rose earlier this week after 9 policemen in Sulu gunned down 4 soldiers who were going after Abu Sayyaf bomb makers in Jolo.

Lacson earlier urged military officials to "temper" their emotions over the incident as "enemies of the state" may exploit the rift between the government's defense and civil security forces.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to travel to Zamboanga City to meet with the 9 policemen who were involved in the killing of soldiers.