The reports submitted by the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to the House of Representatives were “useless” because these did not contain details about the deadly operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, according to a lawmaker.
Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, Chairman of the House Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), made the disclosure at the end of the Executive Session on the BBL on Monday night.
Rodriguez lamented that the police report signed by PNP Officer in charge Leonardo Espina contained zero details about the Mamasapano incident, while the military report signed by Armed Forces chief Gregorio Catapang only discussed the tragedy as an operation by Special Action Force members who were pursuing terrorists.
“This is non-compliance. These reports do not tell what really happened. The committee has found these very unsatisfactory. Newspaper reports are even more detailed. These are unacceptable,” Rodriguez fumed.
“We are very disappointed with these reports. Why were they [Army] not able to provide support? Who ordered them to stay put? These are the questions that should be answered. Our 44 [SAF] forces were killed mercilessly. They are evading the issue. They should face this squarely,” he told reporters.
Rodriguez’s panel suspended the deliberations on the security provisions of the proposed BBL. The committee is still waiting for the report of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on the Mamasapano tragedy.