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No blame game on botched airstrike please – Trillanes, Lacson

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Now is not the time to point fingers over the death of 11 soldiers in the military airstrike in Marawi City, Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Panfilo Lacson said Thursday (June 1).

Trillanes, a former junior military officer, said the public should allow the Armed Forces of the Philippines to proceed with its investigation.

He, however, said it was “tragic and unfortunate” that soldiers were killed in friendly fire when the government was close to clearing Marawi City of the terrorist Maute group.

“Regardless of the circumstances of their deaths, they are heroes,” Trillanes said of the fallen soldiers.

“As to why the incident happened in the first place, I defer to the investigation of the AFP and hope that with it is an assurance that future mishaps like this would never happen again,” he added.

Lacson said the incident is “not the time to find fault on anyone.”

“On the contrary, this is the time to pray and honor all the heroes who lost their lives, no matter what caused their deaths,” he said.