The Daily Manila Shimbun


Military calls for prayers for Marawi “hero” shot by cops in Zamboanga del Sur

August 25, 2017

The military calls for prayers for a Marawi “hero” who was shot dead by policemen in a shooting incident in Zamboanga del Sur last Wednesday.

“While we are all in mourning for the death of one of our Marawi heroes, we call for prayers and sobriety, as we seek for immediate resolution to this case,” Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (Wescom) spokesperson, said in a press statement Friday.

“The entire Western Mindanao Command grieves with the family of (Private First Class Rudillo) PFC Bartolome and will extend maximum assistance to his widow and children,” she added.

Petinglay said  a joint investigation  is being conducted to determine what happened during the incident despite an initial report by police claimed  Bartolome drew out his gun after seeing the policemen.

“A joint investigation is being conducted right now pertaining to the circumstances that brought about the death of Private First Class Rudillo Bartolome Wednesday afternoon at Junction Monte Alegre, Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur,” she said.

Petinglay said Bartolome who was assigned with 53rd Infantry Battalion was permitted to go on overnight pass by his immediate superior to visit his family in Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur.

“He was deployed in Marawi last May after his unit was sent there to help address the crisis,” she said. Bartolome was on his way home when the shooting incident happened that caused his death. Robina Asido/DMS