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JPE WANTS NOY INVITED TO MAMASAPANO PROBE
[Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile said he wanted to reopen the Senate hearing to prove President Aquino’s responsibility for the police mission to get Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25 last year.]


JANUARY 12 -Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile said he wanted President Aquino to attend the hearing so the Chief Executive could explain his actions or inaction that may have led to the tragedy. STAR/File photo
When the Senate reopens its investigation into the killing of 44 police commandos in Maguindanao on Jan. 25, President Aquino may be invited to face the chamber to answer some questions – that is if Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile gets his wish.
Enrile said he wanted Aquino to attend the hearing – to be led by the committee on public order and dangerous drugs – so the Chief Executive could explain his actions or inaction that may have led to the tragedy. “If P-Noy wants to answer the questions I intend to ask, I will welcome him,” Enrile said. “And if he wants to attend the hearing in the Senate, he is welcome to do so.” The commandos – members of the elite Special Action Force – were leaving a barrio in Mamasapano in Maguindanao after killing a notorious Malaysian terrorist when they encountered guerrillas belonging to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. The commandos waited for reinforcements that never came. The Senate committee on public order agreed to reopen the probe upon the request of Enrile, who cited new information regarding the incident. In a speech, Enrile said there is a need to look into “sensitive periods” before and after the Jan. 25 incident. “What happened to the government? Was it functioning? Was it in paralysis? Why was there a complete silence during these periods, this critical period? What happened to the entire instrument of government to maintain order in this country, to protect the people?” Enrile asked. “Was there a government in those moments? We would like to get the answers to these because if there was no government, then there was something wrong, terribly wrong with our system of government,” he added. Apart from President Aquino, some senators are also inclined to urge Liberal Party standard-bearer and former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II to attend the inquiry. “Let us remember that Sec. Roxas was then head of the DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government). He can be invited even if he has resigned from post. As a private person, the Senate can also compel him to attend the hearings,” a source told The STAR. Up to senators At Malacañang, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said it would be up to senators to decide on whether to participate in the hearing, amid Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano’s call for some of his colleagues to inhibit from the probe to ensure impartiality. On Friday, Aquino said the senators’ decision to reopen the Mamasapano investigation was politically motivated. Cayetano is running for vice president. Roxas said he would rather not comment on calls for Poe – a rival in the presidential race – to inhibit, but expressed his willingness to attend the probe if summoned. “You know, it’s not for me to comment on somebody else’s conduct, especially if she is my rival,” Roxas told reporters in Cavite last Sunday. “If they invite me, okay. I’m not hiding anything. And after several hearings and they still want to know something, why not?” he added. Roxas claimed he was left out of the loop when the SAF operation was planned and executed. READ MORE...RELATED, JPE vows to pinpoint Noy role in Mamasapano clash

ALSO: House will not re-open its Mamasapano probe


JANUARY 11 -EX-PNP CHIEF PURISIMA: Unlike the Senate, the House of Representatives will not reopen the investigation on the bloody anti-terror operation that resulted in the death of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. rejected the possible reopening of the Mamasapano probe in the chamber, saying doing such would be perceived as a politically-motivated move. “We don’t have any plans to reopen the Mamasapano probe. There are too many bida (protagonists) already,” he said in an interview. The Liberal Party campaign manager of the Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid agreed with President Aquino and fellow administration lawmakers that politics is behind the Senate’s reopening of the probe. “It is politically motivated because they’re just going to rehash the whole thing with new politically inspired perspectives. No real new evidence,” Belmonte said. Upon the request of the Minority Leader and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, the Senate Committee on Public Order, chaired by Sen. Grace Poe decided to conduct a hearing on Jan. 25 to discuss “possibly new evidence,” marking the anniversary of the Mamasapano debacle. Administration lawmakers earlier branded the Senate’s move as a mere political gimmickry. Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Trenas said instead of moving on and letting the lessons of Mamasapano guide them, the Senate is apparently “flogging a dead horse” when it decided to reopen the Mamasapano probe. READ MORE...RELATED, New Mamasapano probe to reopen healed wound – MILF...

ALSO:
Marcos hits out at LP, palace over SAF 44 and LP's attempt to discredit probe reopening


JANUARY 10 -Senator Ferdinand Marcos
VICE presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand Marcos twitted attempts by the ruling Liberal Party and Malacañang Palace to discredit the reopening of the Senate inquiry into the Mamasapano incident and asked what the Aquino administration is hiding. “It is unfortunate that instead of awaiting the outcome of the investigation, Malacañang insinuates bad faith in the re-opening of the Mamasapano probe,” Marcos said after President Benigno Aquino III said on Friday that politics was behind the reopening of the probe. “If Malacañang really has nothing to hide it should welcome the reopening of the investigation,” Marcos said, noting that Aquino himself admitted that the probe could be an opportunity to find answers to still unanswered questions. “I believe majority of the Filipino people sincerely want answers and would be discerning enough to recognize any attempt at grandstanding merely to score political points,” Marcos said. Marcos said he wants to find out why almost a year after the incident no criminal charges have been filed against those responsible despite the government’s promise that justice will be served. “The families of the policemen slain in the Mamasapano massacre do not ask for anything from the government save for justice,” said Marcos, who backed the call of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile to reopen the probe. Enrile was in detention on plunder charges at the time the hearings were conducted last year and he moved for the reopening of the probe because of new personal information. Independent presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe agreed to reopen the probe and scheduled the hearing on Jan. 25, the first anniversary of the tragic police operation that resulted in the death of 44 police commandos and at least 17 fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. But Aquino said at the launching of a power plant in Davao City on Friday that politics played a major role in the reopening of the probe. “I think with all these occurrences, I can see the big role of politics,” Aquino said. “Perhaps, we should not forget who pushed for it, maybe we can understand, most likely ill feelings towards my administration.”  “We all know that the campaign period is coming soon. Among our opponents, they see that this has been the greatest burden I have had since I took office. Perhaps, they are trying to take this opportunity,” he said. “Of course, as President and father of the nation, I can’t let emotions take over... You know, Jan. 25 is my mother’s birthday, the first anniversary of the Mamasapano incident. It’s like they are insisting that you must suffer here,” Aquino added. “There is a saying, we can see it in the teachings of the church that I belong to, in the Bible, ‘the truth shall set us all free’,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Enrile on 'SAF44 Probe 'politically motivated' - I am not an errand boy of anybody; I'm no longer a politician.


JANUARY 12 -Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. AP FILE PHOTO
Enrile parries doubts on probe reopening  “I am not the errand boy of anybody.” This was how Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile shot back on Tuesday at insinuations that the reopening of the Mamasapano investigation in the Senate was political motivated. READ: Aquino sees politics in probe Enrile, who initiated the reopening of the Mamasapano probe, also thumbed down proposals for senators running in the May 2016 elections like Senator Grace Poe, to inhibit from the hearing scheduled on January 25. Poe, who is running for president, is leading the investigation as chair of the Senate committee on public order. READ: Poe should inhibit from Mamasapano probe, says Alan Cayetano “Kalokohan ‘yan; walang grandstanding dito. Sila ang namumulitika, dinidiskurso nila na may motibo kami na masama. E ‘di ‘kung may motibo kami na masama, ipakita nila. Sagutin nila itong mga tatanungin ko. I will challenge them to answer the questions,” Enrile said in a phone patch interview with Senate reporters. (That is rubbish; this is no place for grandstanding. They are the ones politicking, insinuating that we have an unscrupulous motive. If we have such motive, they should prove it. They should answer my questions. I will challenge them to answer the questions.) “Bakit sila mag-inhibit, trabaho nila ‘yun e (Why would they inhibit, it’s their job). Are they saying that because they are running for public office that they can’t be trusted anymore, they can’t perform they work impartially? Oh come on. You are not worthy of the trust of the people if you’re like that,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Leni Robredo - Grace Poe should inhibit from Mamasapano probe


JANUARY 12 -ROBREDO
Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo on Tuesday said that Senator Grace Poe should inhibit from the reopening of the Mamasapano probe. “Sana [mag-inhibit] para hindi nagagamit ang politika sa trabaho,” Robredo said at the Pandesal Forum in Quezon City, when asked if she thinks the senator should inhibit from presiding over the hearing. Poe is the chairwoman of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, which handles the Mamasapano probe. “Dahil election time na, sana mas maging maingat na hindi nagagamit ang trabaho sa furtherance ng politika,” Robredo reiterated. She any move that every candidate would make would be perceived as suspicious because they are running for elective posts in the upcoming elections. “Palaging magiging suspicious ang aming ginagawa dahil ba sa gusto lang namin mapalawig ang popularity…sana umiwas na ang trabaho ay magagamit sa pulitika,” she said. Poe is running for president and her running mate is Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero while Robredo is the running mate of Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas. Poe's spokesperson, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, said in a press statement on Monday that the senator will not inhibit from the probe. READ MORE...RELATED, VLOG: Honasan welcomes re-opening of Mamasapano probe; But Senator Gringo Honasan insists it is not a witch hunt...


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JPE wants Noy invited to Mamasapano probe


Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile said he wanted President Aquino to attend the hearing so the Chief Executive could explain his actions or inaction that may have led to the tragedy. STAR/File photo

MANILA, JANUARY 18, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Christina Mendez - January 12, 2016 - When the Senate reopens its investigation into the killing of 44 police commandos in Maguindanao on Jan. 25, President Aquino may be invited to face the chamber to answer some questions – that is if Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile gets his wish.

Enrile said he wanted Aquino to attend the hearing – to be led by the committee on public order and dangerous drugs – so the Chief Executive could explain his actions or inaction that may have led to the tragedy.

“If P-Noy wants to answer the questions I intend to ask, I will welcome him,” Enrile said. “And if he wants to attend the hearing in the Senate, he is welcome to do so.”

The commandos – members of the elite Special Action Force – were leaving a barrio in Mamasapano in Maguindanao after killing a notorious Malaysian terrorist when they encountered guerrillas belonging to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. The commandos waited for reinforcements that never came.

The Senate committee on public order agreed to reopen the probe upon the request of Enrile, who cited new information regarding the incident.

In a speech, Enrile said there is a need to look into “sensitive periods” before and after the Jan. 25 incident.

“What happened to the government? Was it functioning? Was it in paralysis?

Why was there a complete silence during these periods, this critical period? What happened to the entire instrument of government to maintain order in this country, to protect the people?” Enrile asked.

“Was there a government in those moments? We would like to get the answers to these because if there was no government, then there was something wrong, terribly wrong with our system of government,” he added.

Apart from President Aquino, some senators are also inclined to urge Liberal Party standard-bearer and former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II to attend the inquiry.

“Let us remember that Sec. Roxas was then head of the DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government). He can be invited even if he has resigned from post. As a private person, the Senate can also compel him to attend the hearings,” a source told The STAR.

Up to senators

At Malacañang, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said it would be up to senators to decide on whether to participate in the hearing, amid Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano’s call for some of his colleagues to inhibit from the probe to ensure impartiality.

On Friday, Aquino said the senators’ decision to reopen the Mamasapano investigation was politically motivated.

Cayetano is running for vice president.

Roxas said he would rather not comment on calls for Poe – a rival in the presidential race – to inhibit, but expressed his willingness to attend the probe if summoned.

“You know, it’s not for me to comment on somebody else’s conduct, especially if she is my rival,” Roxas told reporters in Cavite last Sunday.

“If they invite me, okay. I’m not hiding anything. And after several hearings and they still want to know something, why not?” he added.

Roxas claimed he was left out of the loop when the SAF operation was planned and executed.

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Falling on deaf ears

Cayetano’s call may have fallen on deaf ears. Poe has made clear she would attend the hearing as the chairperson of the Senate committee on public order.

Poe said she has demonstrated her impartiality in the past and that she would continue to do so in the Jan. 25 hearing.

Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said that there is no reason to ask any of the senators to inhibit from the hearing, as it is their job to ask questions during the proceedings.

He said it should be up to the public to judge the motives of the senators based on their actions or behavior during the hearing.

“If the concern is that this would be used for political purposes, I think we should just leave it up to the Filipino people (to judge) because they can see whether a person is merely grandstanding or is truly committed to bringing justice to the families of the SAF 44,” Marcos said.

“The entire country wants to find out what really happened to the people who killed the policemen,” Marcos said in Filipino.

He said he is fully supportive of the call to reopen the Mamasapano probe because he wants to know the status of the cases against the perpetrators.

Sen. Ralph Recto, who is running for reelection, also rejected the call of Cayetano.

“I will be attending the hearing to find out if there are any new evidences. That’s the purpose why we are reopening the investigation,” Recto said.

“It’s part of our work. We must be accountable and responsible for the work of our elected positions. We owe it to the people. If we are given media exposure for our work, then so be it,” Sen. Vicente Sotto III said.

For Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon, the Senate’s move to reopen the Mamasapano probe would greatly help determine the extent of involvement of President Aquino and some of his Cabinet officials.

“This is the chance for the Senate to clearly pinpoint command responsibility and hold government executives, including President Aquino himself, accountable for the bloodbath,” Ridon said. Aurea Calica, Marvin Sy, Alexis Romero, Paolo Romero

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JPE vows to pinpoint Noy role in Mamasapano clash By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 18, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile said he wanted to reopen the Senate hearing to prove President Aquino’s responsibility for the police mission to get Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25 last year. Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile yesterday vowed to delve into the liability of President Aquino for the deaths of 44 police commandos when the inquiry into the Mamasapano incident reopens next week.

“He is the President until the end of his term and he has accountability over the events that transpired during his entire term,” Enrile said in a radio interview.

“It is irrelevant whatever the time he has left in his term. He is the President, period. He has the ultimate responsibility and accountability for the incident,” he added.

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs chaired by Sen. Grace Poe set the hearing on Jan. 27.

Enrile said he wanted to reopen the Senate hearing to prove Aquino’s responsibility for the police mission to get Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25 last year.

As the commander-in-chief, Enrile said Aquino should have called the shots during the Mamasapano operation.

The senator believes there were efforts to cover-up for the President’s liability in the incident.

Enrile wanted to look into the exchange of text messages between Cabinet officials and top police officials at the time.

No politics Enrile said his call for the reopening of the Mamasapano inquiry had nothing to do with politics. He said he has no ax to grind against Aquino.

Enrile said he wanted to reopen the investigation to ask questions regarding the government’s actions during the encounter.

He wants Aquino to attend the hearing to explain his actions or inaction that may have led to the deaths.

However, Malacañang insisted that the President has already spoken on the matter.

Enrile, who is facing plunder charges in connection with the pork barrel scam, was in detention at Camp Crame when the Senate conducted the hearings last year. He is out on bail.

Meanwhile, Armed Forces chief Gen. Hernando Iriberri expressed willingness to attend the Senate probe on the Mamasapano encounter.

“We respect the decision of the senators to reopen the investigation,” Iriberri said during his visit to the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga over the weekend.

He said military officers who were assigned in the area during the Mamasapano operation are ready to attend the hearing if they are summoned.

Why only now? A widow of one of the 44 SAF commandos killed in the Mamasapano encounter yesterday questioned the plan of the Senate to reopen the investigation.

“Why only now? It’s been a year, and we have been waiting for justice,” Virgie Viernes, widow of Police Officer 3 Olibeth Viernes, said in Filipino over radio dzMM.

Poe moved the date of the hearing from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27 in deference to the commemoration activities for the 44 SAF commandos killed in an encounter against Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. – With Roel Pareno, Cecille Suerte Felipe


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House will not re-open its Mamasapano probe by Charissa Luci January 11, 2016 Share1 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share28


AQUINO'S EX-PNP CHIEF PURISIMA

Unlike the Senate, the House of Representatives will not reopen the investigation on the bloody anti-terror operation that resulted in the death of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. rejected the possible reopening of the Mamasapano probe in the chamber, saying doing such would be perceived as a politically-motivated move.

“We don’t have any plans to reopen the Mamasapano probe. There are too many bida (protagonists) already,” he said in an interview.

The Liberal Party campaign manager of the Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid agreed with President Aquino and fellow administration lawmakers that politics is behind the Senate’s reopening of the probe.

“It is politically motivated because they’re just going to rehash the whole thing with new politically inspired perspectives. No real new evidence,” Belmonte said.

Upon the request of the Minority Leader and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, the Senate Committee on Public Order, chaired by Sen. Grace Poe decided to conduct a hearing on Jan. 25 to discuss “possibly new evidence,” marking the anniversary of the Mamasapano debacle.

Administration lawmakers earlier branded the Senate’s move as a mere political gimmickry.

Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Trenas said instead of moving on and letting the lessons of Mamasapano guide them, the Senate is apparently “flogging a dead horse” when it decided to reopen the Mamasapano probe.

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Trenas, a lawyer, said that it is not within the mandate of Congress to re-open any case in the event of a new evidence, explaining that it is the work of judicial bodies.

“Clearly, the purpose of this move to re-open the Mamasapano issue on the basis on alleged new evidence related to the incident is nothing more than a political gimmickry. They want to squeeze this issue dry, pin down the Aquino administration,” Trenas said.

For his part, Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano agreed with Trenas, saying that “it’s just reopening old wounds.”

The House Committee on Public Order and Safety and House Special

Committee on Peace, Unity, and Reconciliation, chaired by Negros Occidental Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer and Basilan Rep. Jim Hataman, respectively have yet to submit their joint panel report on the Mamasapano investigation. They terminated the probe in April last year.

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New Mamasapano probe to reopen healed wound – MILF By: Edwin Fernandez
@inquirerdotnet Inquirer Mindanao 08:40 PM January 14th, 2016


#SAF44 - In honor of the slain members of the PNP SAF in Mamasapano, Maguindanao | INQUIRER.net

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – The re-opening of the investigation on the Mamasapano encounter in Maguindanao would only “open the already healed wound,” an official of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) warned on Thursday.

Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF vice chair for political affairs, said the MILF has considered the reopening of the inquiry as an investigation not in the aid of legislation, as Congress has been mandated to do in its inquiries.

“It’s already election season, so reopening it is an opportunity for candidates to grandstand,” Jaafar, speaking in Filipino, said.


Ghadzali Jaafar

“We consider the very unfortunate Mamasapano incident closed,” he added.

Jaafar insisted the time has come for the Filipino people to move on, learn the lesson from the “incident” and prevent its recurrence in the future.

At least 67 persons were killed, including 44 members of the police’s Special Action Force and 17 MILF fighters, during the January 25, 2015 clash that nearly triggered the collapse of the peace process.

But Jaafar said the MILF could only express opposition to the re-opening of the probe and could not prevent the government from pursuing it anew.

“We know the government can do what it wants,” he said.

Jaafar said the MILF has not yet received any invitation to appear at the re-opening of the investigation.

“If MILF leaders are invited, it will be decided upon by the central committee. So far, no invitation yet,” he said.

During her visit to Digos City in Davao del Sur and Ozamiz City last week, Senator Grace Poe said the probe should be reopened if indeed new evidence or information has been secured. She added that a new inquiry would follow up on the actions that should have been taken as recommended in the first inquiry.

“There is a legitimate need to know what happened a year after,” she said.

Poe said the probe “will only be for the purpose of knowing the truth.”

Senator Chiz Escudero said Poe did not initiate the reopening of the probe.

“It is the directive of the Senate committee on rules,” he said.

Poe also allayed fears that the 2016 elections has been the underlying motive for the reopening of the investigation.
“We are only doing our work. I will not allow the probe to be used for (political) bickering,” she said.

Poe also vowed to steer it with utmost fairness, and free from the dynamics of the 2016 political fight.

She also made clear she was not inhibiting from chairing the probe “just because there is this issue (about possible politicking).”

“I want to maintain the fairness in the conduct of the hearing just like what we did before,” she added. (With reports from Eldie Aguirre and Ryan Rosauro, Inquirer Mindanao).
SFM


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Marcos hits out at LP, palace over SAF 44 and LP attempts to discredit probe reopening posted January 10, 2016 at 12:01 am by Vito Barcelo and John Paolo Bencito


Senator Ferdinand Marcos

VICE presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand Marcos twitted attempts by the ruling Liberal Party and Malacañang Palace to discredit the reopening of the Senate inquiry into the Mamasapano incident and asked what the Aquino administration is hiding.

“It is unfortunate that instead of awaiting the outcome of the investigation, Malacañang insinuates bad faith in the re-opening of the Mamasapano probe,” Marcos said after President Benigno Aquino III said on Friday that politics was behind the reopening of the probe.

“If Malacañang really has nothing to hide it should welcome the reopening of the investigation,” Marcos said, noting that Aquino himself admitted that the probe could be an opportunity to find answers to still unanswered questions.

“I believe majority of the Filipino people sincerely want answers and would be discerning enough to recognize any attempt at grandstanding merely to score political points,” Marcos said.

Marcos said he wants to find out why almost a year after the incident no criminal charges have been filed against those responsible despite the government’s promise that justice will be served.

“The families of the policemen slain in the Mamasapano massacre do not ask for anything from the government save for justice,” said Marcos, who backed the call of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile to reopen the probe.

Enrile was in detention on plunder charges at the time the hearings were conducted last year and he moved for the reopening of the probe because of new personal information.

Independent presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe agreed to reopen the probe and scheduled the hearing on Jan. 25, the first anniversary of the tragic police operation that resulted in the death of 44 police commandos and at least 17 fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

But Aquino said at the launching of a power plant in Davao City on Friday that politics played a major role in the reopening of the probe.

“I think with all these occurrences, I can see the big role of politics,” Aquino said. “Perhaps, we should not forget who pushed for it, maybe we can understand, most likely ill feelings towards my administration.”

“We all know that the campaign period is coming soon. Among our opponents, they see that this has been the greatest burden I have had since I took office. Perhaps, they are trying to take this opportunity,” he said.

“Of course, as President and father of the nation, I can’t let emotions take over... You know, Jan. 25 is my mother’s birthday, the first anniversary of the Mamasapano incident. It’s like they are insisting that you must suffer here,” Aquino added.

“There is a saying, we can see it in the teachings of the church that I belong to, in the Bible, ‘the truth shall set us all free’,” he said.

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Even LP standard bearer Manuel Roxas II, who was interior secretary at the time of incident, said he is ready to face another probe although it was already ascertained in earlier hearings that he was kept out of the loop by former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima.

“I won’t back off from any investigation and I am open to any view in all things,” Roxas said in Romblon on Saturday.

“This issue already had a lot of hearings, in the lower House, the PNP themselves, the DoJ and in the Senate. So if there are other questions left unanswered, we are much willing if we would be called to answer all of their questions,” he said.

But Poe allayed fears that the reopening of the Senate probe will be used by the senators and possible resource speakers to advance their political agenda in this year’s elections.

Poe, who will preside over the inquiry as chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Order, assured the public that the committee will not allow grandstanding and will immediately examine the supposed new information on the incident.

“I will not allow this to be used for politics,” Poe said. “The questions should be constructive and we will not allow them to argue and take things personally.”

“I don’t want the [Philippine National Police] and [Armed Forces of the Philippines] to quarrel because of this,” she said.

“Questions just need to be answered to bring out the truth and what benefits were really given to the survivors of the heroic SAF 44,” she added.


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‘Not an errand boy’: Enrile parries doubts on probe reopening SHARES: 1 VIEW COMMENTS By: Maila Ager @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net 02:58 PM January 12th, 2016


Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. AP FILE PHOTO

“I am not the errand boy of anybody.” This was how Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile shot back on Tuesday at insinuations that the reopening of the Mamasapano investigation in the Senate was political motivated. READ: Aquino sees politics in probe

Enrile, who initiated the reopening of the Mamasapano probe, also thumbed down proposals for senators running in the May 2016 elections like Senator Grace Poe, to inhibit from the hearing scheduled on January 25. Poe, who is running for president, is leading the investigation as chair of the Senate committee on public order. READ: Poe should inhibit from Mamasapano probe, says Alan Cayetano “Kalokohan ‘yan; walang grandstanding dito. Sila ang namumulitika,  dinidiskurso nila na may motibo kami na masama. E ‘di ‘kung may motibo kami na masama, ipakita nila. Sagutin nila itong mga tatanungin ko. I will challenge them to answer the questions,” Enrile said in a phone patch interview with Senate reporters.

(That is rubbish; this is no place for grandstanding. They are the ones politicking, insinuating that we have an unscrupulous motive. If we have such motive, they should prove it. They should answer my questions. I will challenge them to answer the questions.) “Bakit sila mag-inhibit, trabaho nila ‘yun e (Why would they inhibit, it’s their job). Are they saying that because they are running for public office that they can’t be trusted anymore, they can’t perform they work impartially? Oh come on. You are not worthy of the trust of the people if you’re like that,” he said.

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Enrile also assured that former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the administration’s bet for president, could expect a fair treatment when the latter appears again in the hearing. Roxas was one of the resource persons that Enrile requested Poe’s committee to invite in the hearing. “Hindi ko sasabihin sa inyo ‘yung mga tatanungin ko
(I will not tell you the questions I am going to ask);

I hope you understand my position. I’m not trying anybody in public. I’m going to ask them questions,” said the opposition leader when asked why he wanted Roxas in the hearing. “It doesn’t matter if he’s a candidate, I’m not going to deal with his candidacy. I’m going to ask about performance of duty while you’re in office,” he added.

Asked again if Roxas could expect a non-partisan conduct of the Mamasapano probe, Enrile said: “Wala akong interes sa pulitika. Kung manalo s’ya, well and good. Hindi ko isasama ‘yang mga bagay na ‘yan. Sinasabi ko na sa inyo, I’m no longer a politician. I’m only serving the country, I’m not the errand boy of anybody.” (I am not interested in politics. If he wins, well and good. I will not include his (political aspirations) in the probe. I am telling you, I am no longer a politician. I’m only serving the country, I’m not the errand boy of anybody.) IDL


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Leni Robredo: Grace Poe should inhibit from Mamasapano probe Published January 12, 2016 10:13am By AMITA LEGASPI, GMA News


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Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo on Tuesday said that Senator Grace Poe should inhibit from the reopening of the Mamasapano probe.

“Sana [mag-inhibit] para hindi nagagamit ang politika sa trabaho,” Robredo said at the Pandesal Forum in Quezon City, when asked if she thinks the senator should inhibit from presiding over the hearing.

Poe is the chairwoman of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, which handles the Mamasapano probe.

“Dahil election time na, sana mas maging maingat na hindi nagagamit ang trabaho sa furtherance ng politika,” Robredo reiterated.

She any move that every candidate would make would be perceived as suspicious because they are running for elective posts in the upcoming elections.

“Palaging magiging suspicious ang aming ginagawa dahil ba sa gusto lang namin mapalawig ang popularity…sana umiwas na ang trabaho ay magagamit sa pulitika,” she said.

Poe is running for president and her running mate is Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero while Robredo is the running mate of Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas.

Poe's spokesperson, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, said in a press statement on Monday that the senator will not inhibit from the probe.

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"Sen. Poe has shown her impartiality in the past Mamasapano hearings and she will continue to do so in the upcoming hearings," Gatchalian said.

'Impartial chairwoman'

Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, who moved for the reopening of the investigation, said on Monday night that does not want Poe to inhibit from the hearings.

“Hindi ko kailangan inhibit si Poe. I need a fair and impartial chairwoman in this investigation,” Enrile said.

The hearing is set on January 25, the first anniversary of the Mamasapano encounter in Maguindanao province.

Forty-four elite officers of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force died and 12 others were wounded in the incident.

The police commandos' mission was to neutralize two suspected terrorists – Malaysian Jemaah Islamiyah leader Zulkifli bin Hir a.k.a. Marwan and Filipino bomb maker Basit Usman.

Marwan, who has a $5-million bounty on his head, was killed in the operation while Usman escaped.

In a draft report signed by 21 senators, Poe’s committee found President Aquino “ultimately responsible” for the Mamasapano mission.

Last week, Aquino said the reopening of the Mamasapano probe is politically motivated. —ALG, GMA News

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BUSTOS, Bulacan – Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan approves the re-opening of the Senate investigation into the botched "Oplan Exodus," which killed 44 Philippine National Police Special Action Force troopers in an operation in Mamasapano.

The vice presidential candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance says the additional hearings would shed light on remaining questions surrounding the bloody police operation.

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