Iqbal hugs Espina, and other Senate highlights

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate hearing into the Mamasapano clash on Thursday, February 12, capped off an emotional week for police and military generals, Cabinet secretaries, peace negotiators and lawmakers recounting the deadly encounter.

After police officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina tearfully detailed the “overkill” of his men before the House of Representatives on Wednesday, February 11, the chief negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) reached out to the deputy director general this time. 

At the end of the Senate hearing on Thursday, Iqbal went over to Espina in the session hall, and embraced him as a gesture of solidarity following the clash that killed 44 elite cops, 18 MILF members, and 3 civilians in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25. 

Here are the highlights of the February 12 Senate hearing in photos: