Armed Forces of the Philippines chief-of-staff Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. said there will be no cover-up on the investigation on the misencounter between Philippine Army forces and Philippine National Police in Sta. Rita, Samar where six police officers were killed and nine others were wounded.
“We have already mounted joint and independent investigations and we assure the public that this investigation will be transparent and that no-cover up will be allowed to happen in our mutual desire to discover the actual circumstances of our actions,” AFP public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said.
“Our actions moving forward from this is to assess our existing coordinated processes and systems with our brothers in the Philippine National Police so that similar unfortunate incidents will not happen again,” Col. Detoyato said.
Detoyato also said the entire AFP extends its sincerest and heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and comrades of the six police personnel killed in the incident.
At around 9:20 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2018, elements from the 1st Platoon, 805th Company, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 8 of the PNP and troops from 87th Infantry Battalion had a misencounter in in Sitio Lonoy, Barangay San Roque, Sta Rita, Samar.