Cop probed on killing of Moro peace advocate PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 February 2013 14:09

A policeman is under investigation as one of the suspects in the February 10 shooting of a Moro peace advocate in Pagadian City who died early Thursday morning in a private hospital there.
Prof. Alber Husin, 36, a Tausug anthropologist who served as Program Officer of the Indigenous Peoples and Muslim Education Program of the Department of Education in Western Mindanao, died at 4 a.m. at the Pagadian City Medical Hospital where he was confined and operated on.
A total of four bullets were reportedly fired at Husin at Hiker’s Place, Purok Bahada, Dao, Pagadian City at around 8:30 pm. Sunday, a family friend of  the Husins told MindaNews.

The friend said Husin dodged the three bullets as he managed to run about 500 meters away.  But the bullet that hit him pierced through his right torso and lodged in his left arm. It  “passed through his intestines, liver, kidneys, diaphragm and some portions of his lungs,” the friend said.

Pagadian City’s OIC police chief Julius Munez neither confirmed nor denied reports that a policeman was among the suspects.

When MindaNews asked Munez on Thursday if it was true that one of the suspects is a policeman, he replied:  “Wala pa po. Nag-investigate pa po tayo” (None yet. We are still investigating).

Munez said he could not receive MindaNews’ call because of a sore throat and fever.

But Supt. Jalilul Bandahala, Deputy Provincial Police Chief of Zamboanga del Sur, confirmed to MindaNews in a telephone interview Friday morning that a policeman is under investigation for the killing. He said a paraffin test had been conducted.

MindaNews asked Munez on Friday morning on the result of the paraffin test but as of 1:30 p.m., Munez had not replied.

Senior Supt. Tom Abellar,  Zamboanga del Sur police chief, told MindaNews only one policeman was under investigation. He said the paraffin test yielded a negative report.

Asked if the policeman has been ruled out as a suspect, Abellar replied that the city police “is in charge of investigation” and that it is “up to the investigator.”

A spot report sent to the Provincial Police Office by the City Police on Feb. 10 said Husin sustained “multiple gunshot wounds on different parts of his body” and that initial investigation showed that before the shooting incident, Husin “received a call from a certain Cyril Tormis, a teacher of Aurora in Zambonga del Sur (who) told him that they need to meet a talk at Rotonda Hills, Bulatok.”

Husin’s friend said he left the house on board a motorela.

The police report said that when Husin reached Rotonda Hills, he received a text message from Tormis that he was at the Hiker’s Place a few meters away.

The report said Husin went to Hiker’s Place and “saw Cyril Tormis standing at the stairs of Hikers’ Place.”

Tormis, the police report added, told Husin, “I’m sorry, ‘tol (brother) dito ako nakababa” (I got off here).

The report added that “an unidentified suspect appeared at his behind (sic)” and “without any word, shot the victim several times.”

It is not clear in the report if the assailant was behind Tormis or behind Husin.

The report said Husin “managed to escape and run towards lower ground portion and hide at Rotonda and immediately called his wife Irene using his cellular phone to inform (her of) said incident  and same time ask for her assistance.”

Asked for updates on the policeman-suspect and Tormis, Munez sent MindaNews a text message at 1:39 p.m. that they are “still having the investigation” and that he cannot talk well due to medication and “I don’t like to explain through text.”

Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, told MindaNews she would “ask our Senior Police Adviser to check on it.”

She also said she would ask an undersecretary of the Department of  Interior and Local Government to “check on the case.