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DOJ to finish Mamasapano resolution Monday

By Perfecto T. Raymundo
Philippine News Agency

February 29, 2016 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is poised to finish on Monday the printing of the criminal information against the 90 commanders and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and private armed groups (PAGs) who were allegedly behind the killing of 35 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) commandos in the Mamasapano encounter on Jan. 25, 2015.

Prosecutor General Claro A. Arellano, Chief of the DOJ's National Prosecution Service (NPS), said that they merely conducted a review in the findings of the investigating panel led by Assistant State Prosecutor Alexander Suarez, hence, it would take a little while before it can be filed in court.

DOJ Acting Secretary Emmanuel L. Caparas said that they were just making sure that the case of complex crime of direct assault with murder and theft would be "air tight", which was earlier recommended by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against the killers of the PNP-SAF troopers.

However, Caparas clarified that only the killers of the 35 members of the 55th SAF Company would be charged such that there was still no sufficient information about the killers of the other nine PNP-SAF members.

Caparas noted that the gathering of evidence and testimony was very difficult in the sense that some witnesses in the incident would not like to cooperate for fear of their safety.



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