• Members of police probe team named


    THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday disclosed the names of police officials that will compose the Board of Inquiry (BOI) tasked to investigate the death of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25.

    The BOI chairman, Director Benjamin Magalong, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said in a statement that the disclosure is being made in the name of transparency.

    Magalong said the other BOI members are Director Catalino Rodriguez, the current head of the PNP Directorate for Research and Development and a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class 81; Chief Supt. John Sosito, who is the current executive officer of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operation and a member of PMA class 84; Senior Supt. Robert Po, the deputy spokesman for the PNP and a member of PMA class 85.

    Senior Supt. Ronald Dela Rosa, a former director of the Davao City Police Office; Senior Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag, a member of PMA class 87 who served with the UN mission in Liberia in 2013-14; Senior Supt. Benigno Durana Jr., a member of PMA class 88 and former director of the Aklan Provincial Police Office; and Chief Insp. David Joy Duarte of PNP Academy class 2005, who served as an intelligence officer in past assignments.

    Magalong said in his statement that the BOI members will conduct an objective, impartial and thorough investigation of the Mamasapano incident.

    “Since the BOI activation on February 2, 2015 the body has already gathered more than 300 signed affidavits from SAF members, AFP officials, witnesses and other civilians,” Magalong said.


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    1. vagoneto rieles on

      There will be acrimonious debate in this BOI fact finding safari. There will be a lot of sound, maybe, some fury; but, when all the dust shall have finally settled, these bright PMAers will settle and land on the already identified scapegoat. As far as we, the simple minded public, can see..the incident was a raid prompted by a mission to arrest/capture or neutralize a fugitive who was under the protection of an armed group, (MILF, bandits, mujahedeen, whatever). There was fierce blow-back, (did we expect otherwise?), and firefights usually cause casualties. The best that can be hoped for as a result of this BOI thing, is that there will be a well thought out analysis and critique on how not to conduct similar missions in future.