• PNP Board of Inquiry to conduct survey and interview in Maguindanao next week

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    The Philippine National Police-Board of Inquiry (BOI) has submitted its 2nd progress report on the ongoing probe on the Mamasapano incident to Police Director General Leonardo Espina, OIC of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

    BOI head and Criminal Investigation and Detective Group (CIDG) Chief Police Director Benjamin Magalong said the report include the affidavit of former PNP chief Police Director General Alan Purisima.

    In the past week, the BOI reported that it held a series of meetings with the Operational Audit Team (OAT) to discuss the findings, starting from mission planning, execution and termination of the SAF operation that resulted in the killing of 44 SAF troopers and the wounding of several others on January 25, 2015 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

    He said to enable a clearer picture of the actual events and to validate the claims, assertions and allegations regarding the incident, the BOI and OAT will go to Maguindanao from February 24 to 26 to conduct an on-site survey and interview key personalities from the AFP and MILF.

    He added the Board is also set to interview Espina and the Chief of Staff of the AFP next week.

    Meanwhile, 343 out of the 346 SAF troopers involved in the operation have already submitted their Sworn Statements and only 3 troopers are yet to complete and sign their statements.

    Magalong said as to the status of the firearms which were believed to have been taken by the MILF from the killed SAF troopers, the Board reported that 13 M4 rifles, two machine guns, an assembly part of an M4 rifle, and a mobile phone were turned over by the PRO ARMM (and escorted by the SAF) to the CIDG late Wednesday night.

    Immediately after accounting the returned items, the Board submitted the firearms to the PNP Crime Laboratory for ballistic test and forensic examination, while the mobile phone was forwarded to the PNP Anti Cybercrime Group for digital forensic examination.

    PNA

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