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Board of Inquiry report credible if P-Noy role in Mamasapano established, say ex-cop lawmakers

Caskets of SAF members killed in Mamasapano. FILE PHOTO
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MANILA, Philippines -- The report of the police Board of Inquiry on the Mamasapano tragedy will be credible if it is able to establish the role of President Benigno Aquino III on the incident, former military and police officials who are now members of the House of Representatives said in a news conference Thursday.

"Every day of delay casts a shadow of doubt and dilutes the BOI of its credibility and further fans the flames of distrust on the Presidency," they said.

The group is composed of Representatives Gary Alejano and Ashley Acedillo of Magdalo partylist, Leopoldo Bataoil of Pangasinan, Romeo Acop of Antipolo and Samuel Pagdilao of ACT-CIS partylist.

The lawmakers, who collectively called themselves Saturday Group, pushed for the submission of the report following a series of delays, stressing that "the people are eagerly waiting."

"The expectation is for the Board of Inquiry to be credible, it must establish the role of the President," Pagdilao said.

The group clarified that it was not withdrawing its support for the President, saying they do not believe the alternative is better.

"If you assume that, is it now untenable to support the President, the question is, is the alternative acceptable or better? We believe the answer is no," Acedillo said, citing the string of cases that Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family are facing.

The group also pushed for the resumption of the House inquiry on the Mamasapano clash, saying more could be unearthed from it given the "limitations" of the police board.

The BOI report was expected to be submitted Thursday.

The lawmakers said that the report must be extensive enough to answer the people's lingering questions and "ferret out and not cover up the truth." 

It must also be able to identify all the persons involved in the planning and operation and their respective roles and participation, such as the President, resigned Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima, relieved Special Action Force commander Getulio Napenas and the military and police generals.

"It must be able to pinpoint responsibility and accountability or culpability of those involved," they added.