Malacañang is hopeful that the release of the police’s Board of Inquiry report will result in the better implementation of operations by the police and military against terrorist organizations.
“One of the effects of this BOI report should be to make everyone in the civilian establishment, in the military and security establishment, to make us all very aware of the consequences of lack of coordination when it comes to sensitive operations like the one that happened on January 25,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview on Saturday.
She said the BOI report highlighted the importance of proper coordination between the police and military, particularly with regards to sensitive operations similar to Oplan Exodus.
Even during the Senate hearings, Gen. Carlito Galvez of the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities noted that the bloody clash could have been avoided if the police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos made proper coordination and followed appropriate protocols, Valte said.
The Philippine National Police’s BOI report also cleared President Benigno Aquino 3rd from any liability because as the head of the police and the military, he has the prerogative whom to give his orders, Valte said.
“At kung bubusisiin mo ang mga nakalagay doon sa BOI ay makikita na talagang lack of coordination ang naging problema sa buong operasyon na ito (And if we are to scrutinize the report, we will see that lack of coordination was the main problem during the operation),” she said.
The Maguindanao operation led to the killing of 44 SAF commandos after a fierce firefight with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and other armed groups.