Senator from Mindanao calls for creation of independent Truth Commission to investigate Mamasapano ‘massacre’

“As chair of the Senate Peace, Reconciliation and Unification Committee, and as a Senator from Mindanao, I am calling today for the creation of Truth Commission which will conduct a thorough and impartial probe on the massacre of more than 40 members of our elite Special Action Force Unit of the Philippine National Police in Mamasapano, Maguindanao,” Senator TG Guingona said a statement released to media.

He added that while he respects the creation PNP Board of Inquiry he “believes that the Maguindanao massacre has far-reaching consequences and implications which make it necessary for an independent commission to do the work.”

Among the questions that he wants to be answered are “Why did the massacre happen? Did this have to happen? Could this have been averted? Who are responsible and accountable for what happened? Was the Chain of Command disregarded here?”

He nominated former Supreme Court Chief Justices Reynato Puno and Hilario Davide, Sr., and former Senator Wigberto Tañada to be part of independent Truth Commission.