Purisima submits affidavit on Mamasapano
MANILA, Philippines - Resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima has submitted his affidavit to investigators looking into the January 25 Mamasapano clash.
PNP Director Benjamin Magalong said on Friday, February 20, that the Board of Inquiry (BOI) “has already secured the affidavit” of Purisima, who has been tagged as the one who ordered the Special Action Force-led operation against terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir (Marwan) that caused the death of 44 SAF commandos, 18 Moro rebels and at least 3 civilians. Purisima was serving a suspension at the time of the operation.
Purisima has repeatedly denied leading it. But he quit in the aftermath of the bloody clash that threatens to ruin the peace legacy of the Aquino administration.
In a statement, Magalong said that 343 out of the 346 SAF troopers involved in the operation have also submitted their affidavits. Only 3 troopers lack affidavits, he said, but did not name them.
The BOI will be in Maguindanao from February 24 to 26 to conduct an “on-site” survey and conduct interviews with soldiers and cops in the area, the statement added.
The board is also scheduled to interview next week Acting PNP chief Leandro Espina and Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr. – Rappler.com