House stops Mamasapano investigation

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The House of Representatives has stopped its chaotic investigation of the Mamasapano clash that killed 44 elite police forces.

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Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd of Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila) on Monday said the chamber suspended its own probe pending results of an investigation by the Board of Inquiry created by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“We had a meeting among the [Liberal] Party and the House leadership, and we reached the consensus to postpone the hearing tomorrow to allow the Board of Inquiry to finish its job first so that the committee can use it later…para hindi ho magulo ang hearing [so that the hearing won’t be chaotic],” Gonzales pointed out.

“This is for the more orderly pace of the proceedings, and the two chairmen have acceded to it,” he said, referring to Basilan Rep. Jim Hataman, chairman of the Committee on Peace, Unity and Reconciliation, and Negros Occidental Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer, head of the Committee on Public Order and Safety. The two panels conducted the Mamaspano probe on Monday.

The investigation held by the House last week became disorderly when a number of lawmakers clashed over several issues, including the viewing of a video showing how Muslim rebels finished off wounded police commandos.

Also on Monday, Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano 3rd said the House can conduct an inquiry into the reported defective equipment of the Special Action Force that put them at a huge disadvantage against members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

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