THE move to form a Mamasapano Truth Commission has finally progressed in the Senate exactly a month after the bloody clash between the Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Maguindanao.
Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, chair of the Peace, Unification and Reconciliation panel said on Wednesday that Senate Bill (SB) no. 2603 which seeks the formation of such commission has passed the committee level.
“It’s considered approved at the committee level. We won’t hold additional hearings,” Guingona told reporters.
“We will make the necessary changes [to the measure] and we will make the committee report as soon as we can.”
Earlier that day, the politiko presided over the panel’s first, and apparently, last hearing that tackled the necessity for a Truth Commission. Koko Pimentel was the only other senator who attended.
Members of the academe including law and political science professors as well as experts from local Islamic institutes served as resources persons during the three-hour discussion.
In the end, Guigona said the Truth Commission would be vital in harmonizing the results of the different fact-finding bodies investigating the January 25 Mamasapano incident.
“Yes, there is still a need for a Truth Commission to reconcile the output of the other bodies. Madami nag-iimbestiga ngayon, marami silang findings. I’m sure yung iba hindi magkatugma. So dapat mayroong reconciling body na magtutugma sa lahat,” he said.
Guingona said the commission will not just look into the SAF deaths but also those incurred by MILF rebels and the civilians.
“The end view is justice for everyone, then reconciliation and after that true and lasting peace.” (Randy K. Ortega)