The government panel tasked to investigate the January 25 Mamasapano incident submitted on Thursday its report to the Philippine National Police leadership after some delays.
The Board of Inquiry (BOI), chaired by Police Director Benjamin Magalong, turned over the 120-page report to acting PNP chief Leonardo Espina. The full report however was not made available to the media.
Magalong said they are confident of their findings, and that they could “look straight into the eyes of the family members” of the 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) during the encounter with Moro rebels in the town of Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
“Haharap kami sa tao na hindi mahihiya, kasama sa mga pamilya ng namatayan,” Magalong said in a GMA News report.
He added that copies of the BOI report will also be given to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Department of Justice.
The BOI report will be made public upon Roxas’ approval, according to Magalong.
A Rappler report said the BOI questioned resigned PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima’s role in the Mamasapano operations targeting international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan.
The report allegedly said that Purisima’s “powers and authorities” ceased to exist the day he was suspended.
Purisima was put under preventive suspension in early December, but he still played a key role in the January 25 Mamasapano operations. Reports said he attended the President’s briefing on the counter terror operation in January 9, and was in close communication with the President on the day of the operation.
Forty-four members of the PNP-SAF and 18 Moro fighters were killed during the mission.
A separate report meanwhile said that the BOI noted the presence of six US nationals at the tactical command post in Shariff Aguak with SAF commander Getulio Napenas on the eve of the January 25 operation. US medical personnel also allegedly were present during the operation.
“Towards the retrieval operations, US forces also helped in the medical evacuation of the besieged and wounded SAF commandos,” the BOI wrote, according to an Inquirer.net report.
Progressive group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) has urged the government to release the BOI report to the public to make sure that no whitewash is done by the President.