Senate committee report on Mamasapano ops is complete - Chiz Escudero

Today senator chiz escudero described as complete the report on the Senate probe on the Mamasapano operation which is set to be released in the afternoon. Interviewed ahead of the release of the report, Escudero said he had received a draft of the report, read parts of it, and was satisfied with it. Escudero is the chairman of the finance committee, one of the committees involved in the probe. The main panel, the committee on public order and dangerous drugs, is headed by Senator Grace Poe. The Senate probe which began on Feb. 9 looked into the Jan. 25 incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao which led to the death of 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force troopers. The troopers were on a mission to arrest high-profile terrorists and figured in an hours-long gunfight with forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

“Nakita ko ang bahagi ng report pero hindi ko pa nakikita ang buong report. Hindi pa ako pumipirma sa report. Pero so far, 'yung nabasa ko, sapat 'yun in so far as 'yung naibigay sa aming ebidensiya,” Escudero told reporters. He said the report will discuss the responsibilities and liabilities of different agencies involved in the operation including President Benigno Aquino III. “Sa nalalaman ko, tatalakayin nito ang pananagutan, ang ginawa o hindi ginawa kung meron man at dapat ginawa ng mga sumusunod: Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police at ang liderato ng PNP, at hindi lamang si (relieved Special Action Force chief Director Getulio) Napeñas at (resigned Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan) Purisima, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, MILF peace panel, Ad Hoc Joint Action Group, ceasefire committee, at gayundin si Pangulong Aquino,” he told reporters. Escudero said the report also included the statements and speeches of the President, Purisima, and others. “Mas kumpleto (ito sa Board of Inquiry report) in the sense na nakilahok, sumali, nagbigay ng kanilang mga testimonya at ebidensiya si Purisima, MILF, OPAPP at AFP na hindi nagkaroon ng parehong pagkakataon ang BOI sa kanilang investigation,” said Escudero. The senator said the report is based on the evidence and testimonies presented during the public hearings and executive sessions. “Meron pa man akong gusto sanang mailagay doon, hindi naman ito nasusuportahan ng anumang ebidensiya na iprinisinta sa committee dun sa mga pagdinig na isinagawa ng Senado (so hindi na isinama). Mayroong kanya-kanyang pananaw ang mga miyembro subalit (ang) hindi nasusuportahan ng ebidensiya ay hindi na isinama,” he said. Escudero further said they did not do the report to satisfy anyone. “Hindi namin ginawa 'yun para ma-satisfy sinoman. Hindi 'yun ginawa para magalit o matuwa ang sinoman. Ginawa 'yun base sa ebidensiyang iprinisinta sa amin. Hindi kami nag-una-una, hindi nagmarunong. Kung ano ang iprinisinta, 'yun lang ang pinagbasehan,” he said. The senator clarified that the report to be released by Poe later in the day will be considered as a draft until it receives the signature or approval of majority of the members of the three committees which conducted the hearing. If the report already has the required signatures, it will be presented to the plenary for the approval of the whole body.

Tags : Chiz Escudero. MILF, PNP SAF, Mamasapano, Boi, BIFF
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