HIGHLIGHTS: Senate hearing on PNP-SAF Mamasapano clash, day 1

MANILA, Philippines – 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. 

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, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and officials involved in the peace process between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front attended.

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. 

In an earlier interview, Napeñas said Purisima was calling the shots during the SAF operations despite being suspended over corruption allegations pending before the Ombudsman.

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