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Palace open to revival of Mamasapano discussion in Senate

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Malacañang has expressed no apprehension should the Senate decides to revive discussion on the ill-fated Mamasapano operation that claimed the lives of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers.

Presidential Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma said Thursday the Palace would respect the decision of Senate, which is a separate and co-equal branch of government.

“Iginagalang namin ang panloob na proseso ng Senado at nasa pagpapasya na ng mga senador ang bagay na ‘yan,” Coloma said.

In his privilege speech Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile demanded to revive plenary debates on the Senate report on Mamasapano, crafted by the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs headed by Senator Grace Poe.

The committee report stated that President Benigno Aquino III was responsible for the covert anti-terror operation which led to the deaths of the SAF troopers as well as three civilians and 17 fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Enrile said the matter should not be taken “lightly” citing the large number of casualties from the police force.

Enrile was in detention over plunder and graft charges in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam during the height of the Senate hearings on the Mamasapano incident.

The Supreme Court granted the petition to post bail of the 91-year-old lawmaker due to his poor health.

Meanwhile, Coloma appealed to people who may have direct knowledge about the Mamasapano encounter to come out and help in giving justice to the SAF troopers.

This was after Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said that no case can be filed yet against anyone or any group as no one has been able to identify who were involved in the Mamasapano encounter.

“Sa kabila ng ganitong resulta ng pagsisiyasat, patuloy na hinihimok ng pamahalaan ang sinomang may hawak ng kongkretong impormasyon na ipagbigay-alam sa DOJ upang maisulong ang katarungan para sa mga nasawi,” Coloma said.

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