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DOJ chief says PNoy not entirely responsible for Mamasapano operation


DOJ secretary thinks  that President Aquino should not be blamed  for the whole outcome of Mamasapano operation,which resulted to the loss of 44 PNP-SAF elite commandos.

This is DeLima’s statemate to the Senate Draft report on its probe to te incident saying that the president is ultimately accountable for the outcome of the mission.

"I’m interested to know kung ano ang basehan, although when you come to think of it, the president has already owned up accountability on that in his speeches. Tama rin ba ang conclusion na he is responsible for each and every aspect of the operations? I think [this] is an overstretch. Syempre, he was aware of the operations but [as to] the details of the operations, was he? I don’t think so," De Lima said.

But even if she disagrees with the Senate Joint Committees’ findings, the reports will be useful to the fact finding probe being organized  joint Department of Justice-National Bureau of Investigation team.

De Lima pointed that  conclusions of the Senate joint committee and PNP BOI must be backed up  by evidence for the successful prosecution of criminal charges in court.

"Kailangan kasi may ebidensya; bare allegations cannot build a case. So sa level po ng DOJ, yan ang tinitingnan," De Lima said.

Meanwhile, De Lima  remained on  her earlier position that the president should be not seen  as the commander-in-chief of the PNP because of the the civilian character of the police.