NBI considers criminal case against Zambo cops involved in soldier’s death

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The National Bureau of Investigation recommended on Thursday the filing of a criminal case against two police officers who shot and killed a soldier in Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur last month.

Cpl. Rodilo T. Bartolome was allegedly shot dead last August 23 in Barangay Monte Alegre, Aurora in Zamboanga del Sur by PO2 Ronald D. Zeros and PO1 Michael C. Bulanday.

Bartolome was allowed to go on vacation after fighting the ISIS-inspired Maute Group in Marawi City for three months.

He was allegedly mistakenly identified as a gunman for hire.

The NBI-DEath Investigation Division, after conducting an investigation, filed murder charges against Zeros and Bulanday.

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According to the investigation, the NBI did not find evidence that Bartolome resisted arrest. The NBI also has two witnesses who saw the shooting incident while a third witness submitted an affidavit.

One of the witnesses relayed to GMA News the time spent sitting beside Bartolome during the three-hour trip from Iligan City to Aurora.

The witness also saw that Bartolome was shot even before he was able to draw his gun.

The police officers tested negative in the paraffin test conducted by Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO).

But a CCTV footage showed two police officers in civilian clothes arriving at the scene and proceeded to shoot the soldier using an M16 armalite rifle.

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The NBI conducted a re-autopsy, which showed that Bartolome had 9 gun shot wounds in different parts of his body and not 11 as earlier reported.

The NBI, in its report, recommended the filing of murder and adminsitrative charges against the police officers.

Earlier, the Philippine National Police – Criminal Investigation and Detection group Region 9 filed murder charges against the Zeros and Bullanday while the Armed Forces of the Philippines is also conducting a parallel investigation into the same case.

Zamboanga Del Sur PNP Provincial Director Alan M. Nazarro said he hopes the case would be resolved soon and that the incident will not affect the relationship of the police and soldiers. — 

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