The “unpardonable gaffe” of the military in drawing up an erroneous list of University of the Philippines students supposedly recruited by the New People’s Army has prompted Sen. Panfilo Lacson to take a second look at the findings of his committee on last year’s red-tagging hearings.
Lacson said Monday he has instructed the secretariat of the Committee on National Defense and Security “to revisit the final draft of the committee report.”
“We will have to ask the military to submit additional documents to validate reports on the personalities which they claimed during the committee hearings we conducted were killed, and if they were actually students of the universities mentioned by Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. and the other witnesses presented by the AFP,” he said in an interview on CNN Philippines.
“Naiba ang complexion based on these recent developments. Without these new developments, the committee would have relied on the testimonies and presentations made by the AFP which were not specifically rebutted by the other resource persons,” he added.
Lacson also said criminalizing red-tagging remains a serious consideration, given recent developments.
“Possible consequences could have been disastrous on the part of these people and even the military for that matter, since the troops on the ground could rely solely on the decision being made in headquarters based on false intelligence information,” he said.