Join the campaign (Learn More)

Sen. Marcos wants De Lima, NBI director to testify at reopening of Mamasapano probe

Press Releases
21 January 2016

Bersyon sa Filipino.

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has asked the Senate Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs to invite former Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to the reopening of the investigation on the Mamasapano massacre.

In a letter dated January 20, 2015 addressed to Senator Grace Poe, chairman of the Committee, Marcos also sought the presence of Atty. Virgilio Mendez, Director of the National Bureau of Investigation, as another resource person in the hearing that would be held on January 27.

“Their presence during the hearing is extremely important as they can inform the Committee of the status of the cases involving the 44 fallen members of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP),” said Marcos.

Marcos has been urging the DoJ to speed up its preliminary investigation against the named respondents in the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano massacre.

Despite government guarantees to give justice to the victims of the massacre and their families Marcos noted that no case has been filed in court to prosecute the suspects almost a year after the incident.

“The families of the SAF 44 do not ask anything from the government except for justice for their loved ones,” Marcos reiterated.

Earlier, Marcos also said that at the re-opening of the Mamasapano investigation he would also seek to clarify reports of complaints of at least two widows of the SAF 44 that they have not yet received the promised aid from the government.

The leadership of the PNP subsequently denied the allegation and released a report detailing the assistance they have given to the families of the SAF 44.