Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Noynoy to consult his legal counsels on Duterte's Mamasapano allegations

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Former President Benigno Aquino is consulting his legal team on his response to President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks on the Mamasapano clash two years ago.

"I've been spending this morning checking all the facts... I am meeting with my legal counsels this afternoon and we're crafting a statement for release tomorrow," Aquino said on Wednesday.

He will issue a statement on Thursday regarding the comment of President Rodrigo Duterte that Aquino "fed the soldiers to the lion's den to be eaten by death," when  44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers were killed in an operation against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters on January 25, 2015.

Duterte also questioned why Aquino was willing to protect former PNP Chief Alan Purisima from corruption allegations.

Several probes have been conducted by the Philippine National Police, Senate, House of Representatives, and Justice Department on the Mamasapano clash.

The Office of the Ombudsman has filed cases against Purisima and former SAF director Getulio Napeñas. It has yet to recommend charges against Aquino.

The PNP Board of Inquiry's report found Aquino, Purisima, and Napeñas responsible for the deaths of the SAF44.

The Senate's tri-committee report, meanwhile, found Aquino ultimately responsible for the incident.

Duterte said he will create a seven-man commission to look into the results of the investigations to find the truth as to what happened that day, and deliver justice to the fallen police officers.

Source: CNN Philippines


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