Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go paid his respects on Thursday, July 2, to two of the four army intelligence personnel killed in a shooting incident in Jolo, Sulu last June 29. Based on initial reports, Major Marvin Indammog and Captain Irwin Managuelod were on a mission to capture suspected bombers when they were fatally shot near a Jolo police station by local policemen.
Senator Go expressed deep regret over the incident and pledged that those responsible would be held accountable. He vowed to provide support to the families of the deceased soldiers on top of the assistance package already provided by the government.
The Office of the President has already provided an assistance package for the families of the victims. On top of this, Go also provided other forms of assistance to help the family members and in recognition of the service of the victims to the country.
Major Indammog was survived by his parents Cirilo and Violeta Indammog, partner Jennifer Distor, and daughter Marian. Capt. Managuelod was survived by his wife April, and parents Romeo and Precy Managuelod.
“Nakakalungkot ito. Nagtatrabaho ang mga ito para labanan ang mga terorista, sila pa ang nadale,” said Go in an interview.
“As vice chair of both Committee on National Defense and Committee on Public Order sa Senado, handa po kaming mag-imbestiga if kakailanganin po […] Bagamat di na natin maibabalik ang buhay ay hustisya na lang ang pwede nating maibigay sa ngayon,” he continued.
The Senator disclosed he and President Rodrigo Duterte would meet with top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police in Zamboanga City to get to the bottom of the incident. Philippine Army chief Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay had condemned the initial police report which he described to be “fabricated” and “full of inconsistencies” as well as “very misleading”. Go urged the leadership of the involved parties to keep a cool head as the President makes his way to Mindanao to speak to both sides.
“Ang gustong mangyari ni Pangulo bilang isang ama, ‘yung mga anak n’ya, gusto n’ya to calm the situation. Pupunta ang both leadership ng PNP at AFP bukas sa Zamboanga at babalik din kami ng Jolo in the next coming days […] kakausapin niya ang mga sundalo at kapulisan ,” he said during an interview at the wake.
“Pinagbabawalan na siya ng kanyang doktor at security. [The President] will still insist na bisitahin ang mga sundalo to also boost their morale in the fight against terrorism,” he added.
On Wednesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque disclosed the President had directed the National Bureau of Investigation to fast track the investigation of the incident.
In the interview, Go described at great length their shared grief over the recent killings: “Masakit kay Pangulong Duterte ang nangyari. Mahal na mahal po niya ang sundalo. Mahal na mahal po n’ya ang kapulisan. Sabi ko nga sa inyo kahit saang sulok ng Pilipinas kahit madaling araw, binibisita namin ang mga namamatay sa digmaan o drug ops basta nakikipaglaban para sa kapwa Filipino.”
“Ako naman po napakasakit din po ng nangyari. ‘Di na natin maibabalik ang buhay ng tao, bigyan na lang natin ng hustisya at malaman ang katotohanan,” he added.
After the wake, Go visited locally stranded individuals temporarily taking shelter at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The Senator’s office has been supporting various government agencies to help locally stranded individuals in Metro Manila and other urban centers return to their provinces.
Go stressed that health protocols must be put in place and followed in transporting LSIs to ensure that they are in good health when they arrive in their respective provinces.
“Unahin natin ang health ng bawat Pilipino. Sino ba naman ang may gustong magkasakit at magkahawahan? Ipatupad natin ang health protocols bago sila pasakayin, pauuwiin at makapiling ang kanilang mga mahal sa buhay sa probinsya,” he reiterated.