Senator Francis Escudero said on Wednesday he is supporting the proposal of Senator Grace Poe to reopen the Senate inquiry into the Mamasapano incident to determine how “new accounts” made public recently are relevant to the deaths of 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police.
“I am for the reopening of the Mamasapano probe in the Senate so we can exhaust all possible scenarios and ferret out the truth behind the police operation that targeted an international terrorist and led to the death of our SAF troopers,” Escudero said.
Escudero said reopening the Senate investigation is also a good way to settle the issue as to who really killed Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, after the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) came up with its own version.
An MILF source claimed Marwan was actually murdered by his own aide, contrary to the publicly-accepted account that he was killed by SAF troopers. This assertion drew violent reaction from the Philippine National Police (PNP).
“The MILF has its own version as to who took down Marwan. The PNP has its own version, too, that the SAF troopers killed Marwan,” Escudero pointed out.
He said while it does not appear good in public that there is squabble between the PNP and the MILF, at the end of the day, justice must be served.
“Both camps are presenting opposing versions and pieces of evidence. Each has its own interpretation of the truth,” Escudero added.
Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, earlier said she was considering reopening the Mamasapano probe in light of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s pronouncement that there might be an “alternative version” of what transpired during the Jan. 25, 2015 encounter.