PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte wants to know if the US had a hand in the Mamasapano incident in 2015 and Davao City bombing in 2002
Presidential communications office secretary Martin Andanar said that many questions are still unanswered by the probe of the Philippine National Police’s Board of Inquiry in connection with the operation in 2015 which left dead 44 Special Action Force commandos.
“Kaya nabanggit at nadugtong doon yung sabi ni Presidente na pabubuksan niya yun para malaman kung sino ba yung nakialam sa Mamasapano. Saan galing ang order? Sino yung mga personalidad? Gusto niya malaman because yun nga, marami pang question na naiwan after the investigation na ginawa ng PNP,” Andanar said.
“Bitin tayo. There are so many questions that were left open that needs to be answered,” he added.
Andanar however said no direct orders have been issued by Duterte to formally reopen the investigation and which agency will handle the case.
Earlier, Duterte expressed his intention to reopen the Mamasapano probe during his speech at the Philippines-China Trade and Investment Forum in Beijing.
Duterte wondered who got the $5 million reward offered by the US government for the capture of terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan, the main target of the operation.
The report from the PNP inquiry board found at least six Americans were with police officials at the Tactical Command Post in Shariff Aguak, but the US Federal Bureau of Investigation denied it had knowledge of the operation.
Andanar also said the bombing in Davao City in 2002 will also be reinvestigated since it involves an alleged American suspect.
“If we draw again from the experience of the President noong panahong may sumabog sa Davao sa kuwarto ni Michael Terrence Meiring, naputol yung kanyang dalawang paa and then he was airlifted from Davao, taken out of the hospital without even the knowledge of the mayor,” Andanar said.
The PCO official was referring to the case when US Embassy officials took Meiring from a Davao City hospital and brought him to Singapore, despite charges of possession of explosives.
Duterte, who was Davao City mayor in 2002, called the incident an act of disrespect to the country during his speech at the Davao International Airport upon arrival from his state visit to China on Friday.