On Monday, February 9, the Philippine Senate held a public hearing on the clash between members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) and Muslim rebel troops last January 25. It will continue on Tuesday, February 10.
44 elite cops died in the carnage, causing public outrage and nationwide mourning.
The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, along with the Committee on Peace and Unification, presided over the hearing.
Representatives from the PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines, and some officials involved in the peace process between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front attended. But the hearing points to a breakdown of the chain of command.
Among those who attended were Director General Alan Purisima, who just resigned from his post as police chief last Friday, and Chief Superintendent Getulio Napeñas, who was sacked from his position as SAF commander.
During the first hearing day, Napeñas admitted to have given the go-signal to mobilize the SAF troops in Mamasapano, but was acting upon the orders of Purisima, whose text messages he read during the hearing. The former police chief denied giving orders, saying he was merely dispensing advice.
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