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Senate sets to release Mamasapano result tomorrow

(photo by DZRH Raymund Dadpaas)

The Senate is scheduled to release its report on the Mamasapano encounter tomorrow.

This was confirmed by Senator Grace Poe, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Safety, and head of the investigation.

Poe previously promised to the families of the Fallen 44 that the Senate will remain impartial with their report.

The said report will reveal everything, including how vast the participation of those who knew of “Oplan Exodus.”  There will also be an appropriate recommendation for President Benigno Aquino III.

According to Senator Poe, their gathered evidence through the five hearing dates and Executive sessions are enough for the Senate to come up with the truth behind the said incident.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police isn’t favor of result of its Board of Inquiry regarding the Mamasapano incident.

The PNP clarified that they are separate from the BOI and that according to Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo, Chief of the Public Information Office, there are some parts in the report that the PNP doesn’t support.

It only means that the result of the BOI report doesn’t necessarily equate the position of the PNP.

Some of those parts in the BOI report include the controversial role of the President as “Commander-in-Chief” wherein, allegedly this only applies in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Also, in the PNP, there exists a “fundamental doctrine” of command responsibility from the PNP Chief to the lowest ranking police but the President is not included in the said ranking.

Cerbo mentioned that what’s important now is that the report has been made public and that the Filipinos will be able to judge it by themselves.

It is the decision of those agencies involved in the government, like the Senate, Congress, Ombudsman, Department of Justice and PNP-Internal Affairs Service on how they will use the report provided by the BOI.

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