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PNP to review BOI, Congress reports on Mamasapano ops to determine liability of cops


The Philippine National Police on Friday said it will use the reports of the Board of Inquiry, the Senate and the House of Representatives on the Mamasapano mission to determine whether police officials will be held liable in the deadly operation last January 25.
 
At a press briefing, PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. said the PNP's Internal Affairs Service will go through the findings of the investigating bodies.
 
"May findings 'yan, may recommendations 'yan, and all of these will be taken into consideration," Cerbo said. "All of these findings will be seriously considered by the PNP for review at titignan namin kung ano bang masasabi natin kung anong magiging action sa side ng PNP, kung sino ang dapat imbestigahan at i-charge."
 
At the same time, he noted that the Office of the Ombudsman was also given a copy of the reports on the Mamasapano mission.
 
"Binigyan rin ang Ombudsman ng kopya, so even them pwede mag-imbestiga," he added.
 
On Tuesday, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said before a House investigation on the Mamasapano mission that President Benigno Aquino III wants police officials who disobeyed his orders in connection with the Mamasapano operation to be sanctioned both administratively and criminally,
 
“He (Aquino) has ordered me to direct the appropriate bodies to study the possible disciplinary actions that are available at the PNP level, at the Napolcom (National Police Commission) level and to include the DOJ (Department of Justice) level. That is why I coordinated with (Leila) de Lima,” Roxas told the joint committee investigation.
 
At the PNP press briefing, Cerbo was asked if the PNP has an ongoing investigation on the matter.

"Sa ngayon, wala pa akong masasabing ganoon," Cerbo said.
 
He, however, assured that they will file charges against police officials who will be found to be liable.

A total of 44 Special Action Force commandos died in the operation to get suspected Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and Filipino bomb-maker Basit Usman. Aside from the police officers, 17 Moro Islamic Liberation Front combatants and five civilians were also killed in the incident. — RSJ, GMA News

 
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