SEN. Ferdinand Marcos called on Malacañang to fulfil its promise to give justice to the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos killed in the Mamasapano massacre and to provide assistance to their families.
Marcos made the appeal after relatives of the slain policemen informed him that they have yet to receive the financial and other forms of assistance Malacañang promised them.
“It has been five months since the Mamasapano incident and until now all the things the President promised—that we will give the maximum amount possible, that we will bring justice to the SAF 44—none of that has been done,” said Marcos during the weekly Kapihan sa Senate news forum.
He noted that it was President Benigno Aquino 3rd who promised the financial assistance to the families of the Fallen 44, who demanded justice for their loved ones.
Marcos also lamented that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has yet to file criminal charges against those involved in the massacre.
“The Department of Justice earlier said around 90 individuals will face criminal charges. What happened to that?” the senator asked. He said he will write to the DOJ to inquire on the progress of its investigation on the Mamasapano incident.
Marcos plans to raise the issue on the delayed financial assistance and filing of complaints against the gunmen who mowed down the policemen when the Senate deliberates on the bud-gets for Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and DOJ.
The senator also blasted Mala¬cañang for coddling former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima despite his involvement in the botched operation.