Mayor James Pooten Jr. declared an eight-day mourning period beginning Monday (August 9) in honor of the fallen police officer who hails from this town. Philippine flags are lowered at half-mast to pay.
“We extend our deepest sympathies and we mourn with his family, those who knew him, and those who recognize his exemplary service to this country. There is nothing that is more tragic than the loss of a loved one, especially in this time of pandemic,” the Mayor said in a statement.
He added that entire Sagada community pray that such tragedy will not be repeated and that people should learn to set aside any difference as they work as one in maintaining peace and order in communities during this global health crisis.
Bawayan, 49, was shot and killed by one of his subordinates following an altercation in Jolo, Sulu on August 7, 2021. Bawayan reportedly reprimanded the suspect because of his long hair.
In a report from the PNP, Bawayan was conducting inspection at the Quarantine Checkpoint in Barangay Asturias, Jolo at 4:20 PM on Aug. 6 when he was shot by Police Staff Sergeant Imran Jilah, 43, assigned with the 3rd Maneuver Platoon of the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company.
Bawayan’s security aides then engaged Jilah who died on the spot. The officer was rushed to a local hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by doctors.
The remains of Bawayan arrived at the Loakan Airport from Zamboanga City on Aug. 10 and was brought to his residence in Brookside, Baguio City
Pooten said that Colonel Bawayan, as supported by the testimonies of his colleagues, was an exemplary individual with consistent reliable work ethic, who tried to institute values of excellence, proper discipline and positive change to law enforcement in his jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, PNP Chief General Guillermo Eleazar has ordered a thorough investigation on the shooting incident that killed Bawayan.
Eleazar instructed PNP Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Director Police Brigadier General Eden Ugale to form a Special Investigation Task Group that will coordinate all the investigative efforts of the PNP units in the regional level. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic Cawis