Department of Justice and National Bureau of Investigation, after a trip to Mamasapano, secured statements of vital witnesses in the Mamasapano Janauary 25 Special Action Force operation that turned into a ‘massacre’. However, DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima refused to divulge more information.
Though the members of DOJ-NBI Joint Special Investigation Team were not able to do an ocular inspection they “were able to access witnesses, very very vital witnesses,” Secretary De Lima said. She added that the team is scheduled to return to access more witnesses.
Government chief peace negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer warned, The Philippine Star reports, the DOJ chief to apply “prudence in how these tidbits of information are coming out. Especially because may security considerations ka dyan. This might unnecessarily endanger certain individuals at the same time the biases and the misinformation are reinforced.”