Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jinggoy seeks Senate probe on deadly Maguindanao clash

MANILA-Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada today filed a resolution which seeks to investigate the deadly encounter between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and other elements in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, which counted approximately 50 policemen as casualties.
 
Proposed Senate Resolution 1134 urges at least three committees of the chamber, namely Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, Committee on Peace, Unification and Reconciliation and Committee on Local Government, to look into the matter in aid of legislation.
 
“There is a need to review the conduct of this particular police operation and to revisit protocols that have to be followed to prevent failure and misfortune in the future,” Sen. Estrada said in the proposed resolution.
 
Jinggoy, who is the author of several pending legislative measures which seek to strengthen the principal law enforcement institution such as Senate Bill 360 (PNP Modernization Act), Senate Bill 1964 (Magna Carta for the PNP), Senate Bill 131 (Act transferring the administrative supervision and operational control of police academy and training institute to the PNP) also wanted to know if there is a need to re-assess the capability and strength of the PNP Special Action Force especially when reports say that there were 392 members involved in the said operation yet a significant number of their colleagues were killed.

Reports on the number of fallen cops also vary – the figure provided by the PNP in Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is higher than that given by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
 
Further the resolution aims to find out whether the function of serving warrants of arrest should solely be handled by the PNP in cases when the person being served with the warrant is an international terrorist, who in this case is Malaysian Zulkifli Bin Hir, an alleged bomb maker, a member of Jemaah Islamiyah and has a $5 million bounty from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.
 
Lastly, Sen. Estrada stated that the unfortunate incident should lead to “intensive assessment and effective reforms in law enforcement so that the death of these policemen will not be in vain.”­­

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