THE result of the Board of Inquiry’s (BOI) investigation of the January 25 Mamasapano massacre will be released next week, the Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson said on Friday.
Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. told a news briefing in Camp Crame that the BOI is completing its report.
“My communication with BOI is regular and they are finishing the investigation. This is a fact-finding report, it will serve as a good reference for our agencies,” Cerbo said.
The PNP spokesman added that there is no delay in the submission by the BOI and the board itself will announce the probe results.
“The BOI report is being done meticulously and they will announce it next week,” he said.
PNP Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina created the BOI a few days after the Mamasapano carnage to conduct a fact-finding investigation of the incident where 44 police commandos died.
The commandos were killed after engaging combined forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in a gunbattle in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, in Mindanao.
The gunbattle between the PNP-SAF and Muslim rebels was an offshoot of Oplan (Operation Plan) Exodus, an anti-terror operation launched by the SAF to get Malaysian terrorist Zulkipli Bin Hir alias Marwan and Filipino bomb maker Abdul Basit Usman.
The operation plan was reportedly planned and supervised by then-PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima, who at the time was serving a six-month preventive suspension order imposed by the Office of the Ombudsman.
Purisima, a known shooting buddy of President Aquino, resigned one week after the Mamasapano massacre over heavy criticisms for his meddling in a police operation despite serving a suspension order.
Espina and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd were kept out of the operation reportedly on the advice of Purisima.
Meanwhile, the BOI report will have to pass the scrutiny of President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his legal team, the Palace deputy spokeswoman said also on Friday.
Abigail Valte told reporters that while the Office of the President is yet to receive the BOI report, “it will have to be transmitted to us.”
The official said the presidential review “would take time.”
“As is normal with the President, he would have to look at it himself, depending on the volume of the results and also, it would be usual for him to call his legal team to go through the report with him before we make any public statements about the findings and the contents,” Valte also told a news briefing.
Also on Friday, Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief and concurrent BOI chairman Director Benjamin Magalong said results of the board’s probe of the Mamasapano incident will be submitted to Roxas on Monday.
The Magalong panel looked into the operational details of Oplan Exodus, among others, to determine the culpability of officials involved in the incident.
The President, in his previous pronouncements, had pinned the blame on sacked SAF chief Director Getulio Napenas for the blunder.
Later, he claimed that Purisima lied to him.
Problems would arise if the BOI report contained details contrary to the President’s pronouncements.
“As is his [Aquino] preference, he always goes through [reports]. If you want to know his position or at least his thoughts on what the results are, the President has always been, as is his habit, to go through it himself,” Valte said.
SHE, HOWEVER, ADDED THAT SHE WAS NOT PRIVY TO ROXAS’ PLANS.