The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday vowed to resolve the complaint filed against 90 people in connection with the killing of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015.
The justice department said it will release its decision in three to four weeks.
Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas said this should give the panel of prosecutors investigating the case enough time to evaluate evidence.
The panel of prosecutors is headed by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Rosanne Balauag, with Assistant State Prosecutors Alexander Suarez, Rassendell Rex Gingoyon, Benito Oliver Sales III, and Aldrin Evangelista as members.
The preliminary investigation was terminated on January 14.
The panel is handling the direct assault with murder and theft complaint against the respondents who are members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), and private armed groups (PAGs).
Only four out of the 90 respondents submitted their counter-affidavits. The MILF snubbed the proceedings.