VP Binay: Truth Commission with President-appointed members only casts doubts

Vice President Jejomar Binay is supporting the formation of independent Truth Commission to investigate on the Mamasapano Special Action Force operation that claimed the lives of forty-four elite policemen, however, VP Binay does not want President Benigno Aquino III to have a hand in the selection of members for the said proposed independent body.

“While the creation of the body is an important first step in finding out what really happened and to determine accountability, we need to remove any doubts about the impartiality of its members,” Binay noted.

“Having the members appointed by the President as proposed by several administration senators will certainly cast doubts on their impartiality. It could fuel speculations that the investigation will lead to a whitewash even before the probe has started,” the Vice President said in a statement.

The Truth Commission being pushed in senate through a bill will let the President appoint. Senator TG Guingona, the principal sponsor of the bill proposed that there should be one chairman and two members. He also mentioned the names of former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Sr., former Senator Wigberto Tañada and a leader of the academe Dean Antonio La Viña to form the commission.