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De Lima: MILF ready to talk about Mamasapano incident

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Justice Secretary Leila De Lima

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has expressed its readiness on the dialogue with the Department of Justice over the Mamasapano incident, Justice Secretary Leia De Lima said Monday.

“The MILF leadership has responded and agreed to have a dialogue with us,” De Lima said.

The Mamasapano incident last January 25 had 44 police commandos, 18 moro rebels and five civilians killed.

De Lima said she would ask for MILF’s report on the incident, despite the latter’s statement that it will only submit an executive summary of their report on what transpired during the incident.

“I am going to personally relate to them our intention, what we are doing. I would appeal anew for their cooperation especially since they are claiming that there were also casualties from their end. We need more particulars,” De Lima said.

To come up with a balance report, De Lima said both the MILF and Philippine National Police (PNP) Board of Inquiry should submit their investigation reports.

De Lima and her group will head to Mamasapano for an ocular inspection after the military gave the go signal.

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