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Prelates for reopening of probe on Mamasapano

Catholic prelates favor reopening the investigation of the bloody Mamasapano encounter in Maguindanao which claimed the lives of 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF).

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said the Filipino people and the families of the SAF 44 deserved to know the truth.

The prelate said: “There were lies and inconsistencies in the whole tragic affair …the people especially the bereaved, deserve to know the truth.”

Arguelles, who was formerly Military Ordinariate of the PNP and AFP, highlighted that the reopening of the investigation would finally clarify the role of the United States in the encounter.

“Even the role of the US needs to be clarified,” said Arguelles.

Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez agreed with Arguelles on the reopening of the probe, saying this is in order for “the truth to come out.”

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte said he plans to reopen the probe on the bloody incident to know what really happened on Jan. 25, 2015.

The Chief Executive said he wanted to know who claimed the $5-million reward offered by the US government for the head of terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir, also known as Marwan.

The PNP-SAF were deployed to arrest Marwan, a suspected Malaysian bomb expert, in the remote village of Tuka na Lipao in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao when they clashed with armed groups reinforced by elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.