Thursday, January 18, 2018

Kulang pa yung kaso! Zarate wants House to probe Mamasapano tragedy anew

Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate has urged leaders of the House of Representatives to look into the “unanswered and unresolved” issues surrounding the 2015 Mamasapano tragedy in light of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales’ order to charge former President Benigno Aquino III over it.

In a statement Sunday (July 16), Zarate said the filing of charges against Aquino and former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima “still does not reflect the gravity of their offenses against the people in the Mamasapano debacle.”

“There is more to this downgraded charges than meets the eye; we need to dig deeper so that justice can be duly served,” he added.

Zarate’s measure, House Resolution 491, calls on the House committees on national defense and security, public order and safety, and peace, reconciliation and unity to probe “Oplan Exodus,” the covert police mission which ended in the deaths of 44 Special Action Force troopers in Mamasapano in January 2015.

In particular, the lawmaker’s resolution seeks to look into the extent of the United States’ involvement in the botched operation.

Morales has ordered the filing of graft and usurpation of authority charges against Aquino and Purisima in connection with the Mamasapano tragedy.

According to the Ombudsman, Aquino should be held criminally liable for the tragedy because he allowed Purisima, who was then suspended, to take part in the planning and running of the operation.

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