Sotto rejects probe of Marawi officials

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SENATE Majority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd sees no compelling reason to conduct an inquiry into the apparent failure of Marawi City officials to detect the stockpiling of arms and ammunition by the Maute extremist group.

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He made the remark when asked if the Senate will investigate the alleged failure of local officials in Marawi to report and prevent the Maute group from bringing in high caliber firearms and ammunition which were used when the group attacked the city more than a month ago.

The Maute group seized Marawi City on May 23 to establish a “caliphate”. The attack prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.

“Unless a legislation is needed to determine their culpability, I don’t think it is necessary for the Senate to do that. It is up to the DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) to address that matter,” Sotto said.

“It’s a good thing that the newly-appointed DILG secretary will be subjected to scrutiny by the Commission on Appointments. We can discuss this matter with him and ask him what he intends to do about it,” he said.

“Unless there will be a measure to be discussed, I don’t see any reason why we need to conduct an inquiry into the issue. That’s only for media mileage,” he added.

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