Human rights and international humanitarian laws were grossly violated in the Mamasapano incident that killed 44 police commandos on January 25, according to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).
CHR Chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales on Monday said these violations were discovered after her office conducted a scoping mission in Cotabato City and Mamasapano, Maguindanao from February 3 to 5.
Rosales, however, refused to disclose the information and evidence gathered by her team.
“It will be up to the joint investigation team, composed of three working groups, to authorize their release in due course,” she said, adding that the CHR probe has no “political or personal considerations.”
“This is simply a fulfillment of the CHR’s constitutional duty to investigate all forms of human rights violations. The CHR’s purview is to determine whether or not before, during or after the incident in Mamasapano, the most relevant human rights and international humanitarian law standards were met,” Rosales pointed out in a statement.
After a series of consultations with various stakeholders, the CHR will conduct its independent investigation of the carnage, along with the Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
In her eulogy for the slain commandos during a memorial Mass on February 3, Rosales said the joint CHR-RHRC inquiry should be based on basic points of truth, justice and peace.
According to her, political differences and electoral posturing must not hinder the joint investigation in any way.
The death of terrorist and bomb expert Marwan in last week’s firefight brings a sense of closure to the families of the victims but the joint CHR-RHRC inquiry seeks to uncover various pathways to truth, justice and peace, Rosales added.