Duterte wants reopening of Mamasapano probe

Pia Ranada
Duterte wants reopening of Mamasapano probe

Jeoffrey Maitem

The President says he wants to know where the reward money for terrorist Marwan went

BEIJING, China – President Rodrigo Duterte wants to reopen the probe into the Mamasapano massacre.

Referring to the deadly clash between Moro separatists and police special action troopers in 2015, Duterte said, “In the days ahead, I will order the opening of that issue again.”

He was speaking on Thursday, October 20, in front of Chinese and Filipino businessmen.

Duterte said his goal in reopening the investigation is not to “prosecute” people but to find out what happened to the ransom offered for terrorist Zulkifli Abdhir, also known as Marwan.

“Not really to prosecute people but just to know what happened. Who got the five million? Whether the tip of the finger of Marwan was gotten by the Special Forces of United States, or was it really brought to the forensic division diyan sa (there in) Crame,” he said.

He said he only wants Filipinos to know the truth about the massacre, an incident that derailed the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

“These are the lies that are imposed upon the people which is not good.  Let us go for the truth,” he said. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.