ZAMBOANGA CITY— A soldier, who was on his way home for a break from the Marawi battle zone was shot by policemen Wednesday, August 23, 2017, which led to his immediate death.

According to Police Chief Inspector Helen Galvez of Police Regional Office in Zamboanga Peninsula, a certain Oscar Asuelo, a passenger van dispatcher in Brgy. Monte Alegre in Aurora town, reported Corporal Rodillo Bartolome, 33, for his suspicious presence with a gun tucked in his waistband. Suspecting that the said was a hitman, Asuelo called the Aurora police to report Bartolome.

Bartolome was on his way to Midsalip, his hometown to spend his vacation after being deployed to Marawi. Image Source: GMA News Online

Police Officer (PO) 2 Ronal Zeros and PO1 Michael Bullanda responded to the site when Bartolome allegedly withdrew his pistol from his waistband which provoked the cops to open fire.

Police report revealed that Bartolome sustained gunshots on different parts of his body which led to his immediate death.

AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said during a press briefing that the Western Mindanao Command is doing its best to coordinate with the different agencies in the region and to its forces for the immediate investigation of the case. Padilla refused to give further details until official investigation result is out.

Bartolome was from the 53rd Infantry Battalion and was deployed to the now sieged Marawi.

Source:, GMA News Online

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