Sunday, May 08, 2011

Army arrest soldier in civilian slay in Davao Oriental

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 8, 2011) – A government soldier was ordered arrested by his commander after he shot and killed a civilian during an altercation Sunday in the southern Philippine province of Davao Oriental, army officials said.

Officials said the shooting was triggered by a long time feud between infantryman Nurhan Palias, who is assigned with the 28th Infantry Battalion; and Pablita Pitogo in the village of Maragatas in Lupon town.

The soldier was immediately disarmed and handed over to the police by his superior Lieutenant Colonel Leopoldo Imbang Jr. “Criminal acts are not tolerated in the Army. We turned him over to the police to undergo proper legal procedures,” he said, adding personal grudge triggered the shooting.

He said village officials were also informed about the incident and that the army is likely to discharge the soldier from the military service. No other details were made available by the military about the killing. (Mindanao Examiner)

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