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Mamasapano general finally gets promotion

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Mamasapano general finally gets promotion
The Commission on Appointments confirms the promotion of Army Major General Edmundo Pangilinan

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday, June 10, finally confirmed the promotion of Army Major General Edmundo Pangilinan.

He is the commander of the Maguindanao-based 6th Infantry Division.

Senator Alan Cayetano blocked his promotion in March over questions regarding his decision to withhold artillery fire that the senator believed could have saved the elite cops decimated in the ill-fated January 25 operation inside the territory of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mamasapano.

The cops stealthily penetrated the MILF territory to kill international terrorist Zulkifly bin Hir or “Marwan,” who had been hiding among them. But the cops were trapped by various armed groups on their way out, resulting in 44 deaths. 

Pangilinan said the cops were unable to provide complete information to guarantee that there’ll be no collateral damage if they fire artillery. Pangilinan blamed it on lack of coordination. –

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