Mamasapano quiz ends, some lawmakers peeved


The House committees on public order and safety and on peace, reconciliation and unity on Wednesday wrapped up their joint probe of the Mamasapano incident, with some lawmakers saying they were dissatisfied with what they heard from resource persons.

Rep. Elpidio Barzaga of Dasmariñas (Cavite), one of the legislators who attended a 13-hour long executive session on Tuesday evening, said there was candid exchange between probers and the resource persons–police and military officials–possibly because of absence of media coverage of the closed-door meeting.

“As for myself, I was satisfied with the answers [given by the officials]. But there are certain lawmakers who will not be satisfied whatever the answers will be,” Barzaga told reporters in a chance interview.

He, however, did not name the apparently dissatisfied investigators since minutes of executive sessions cannot be disclosed to the public.

The Mamasapano incident in Maguindanao last January 25 left 44 police commandos and 16 others–separatist rebels and civilians–dead.

“Compared with public hearings, there were no reservations in answering the questions during the executive session because they [resource persons]were banking on the idea that anything that they say won’t be disclosed to the public,” Barzaga said.

“I would say they were truthful and accurate in their narration of facts,” he added.
With the probe done, the two House panels would have to draft a committee report, which will also contain the lawmakers’ recommendations on what actions to take against killers of the elite police troops before the Justice department starts filing charges against the perpetrators on April 16.


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  1. sonny dela cruz on

    What is the executive session for, to hide the truth from the people or to protect classified information that will injured the Republic of the Philippines. I don’t understand it. Congressmen have an obligation to inform their constituents of what’s happening in an executive session, especially that involved public information not for himself only, that is questionable that something is cooking among them. They should only have executive session when the security of the nation will be exposed, other than that it should be deliberately in public.