Members of the elite Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police patrol the province of Sulu. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)
SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 28, 2010) – The Philippine police sacked its commander in the southern province of Sulu three days after Abu Sayyaf rebels bombed a Catholic church wounding a priest and 10 other people.
Sulu police chief Shepard Reyes was immediately replaced by Superintendent Amil Baanan, a decorated officer who was the operations chief of the local police force.
Reyes was relieved over his failure to prevent the Christmas day attack on the church inside the police base in the capital town of Jolo.
Baanan said they have tightened security in Jolo and other areas in the province to prevent similar attacks. “We have tightened our security and we don’t want a repeat of the Abu Sayyaf attack, not in Jolo and not in Sulu,” he said.
Reyes was acting police chief when the bombing occurred. He replaced Superintendent Joseph Ramac, who was ordered removed after a bungled anti-drug operation in Jolo. (Mindanao Examiner)