Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the killing of five agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Kapai, Lanao del Sur on Friday.
Guevarra said he has tapped NBI Director Dante Gierran to conduct a parallel probe into the ambush that killed PDEA- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao members Kenneth Tabulo, Kristine May Torlao, Joy Amar, Binzo Dipolla and Diobel Pacinio.
“I have instructed Director Gierran to investigate the killing of the five PDEA agents in Lanao del Sur and identify the people responsible for this act of cowardice against our anti-narcotics agents,” Guevarra said.
He also tasked the NBI to build a strong case to be filed against individuals or group behind the incident.
He told Gierran to prioritize this case and immediately submit a report.
The slain PDEA agents just came from a dialogue with former drug dependents in Tagoloan town when unidentified men strafed their vehicle with bullets while at a secluded stretch of a highway in Barangay Malna, Kapai.
All five agents died on the spot from multiple gunshot wounds, while two other PDEA agents -- Rachel Gentapanan and non-uniformed local police employee Normina Dicay -- were seriously wounded.