MANILA (Mabuhay) – The chairman of the PNP Board of Inquiry on Thursday reiterated that they are standing by their findings on the bloody January 25 Mamasapano clash despite a meeting with President Benigno Aquino III.
In an interview with reporters at the CIDG office in Camp Crame, Director Benjamin Magalong decried published reports indicating that he has “already cleared” Aquino of any liability over the Mamasapano incident following their meeting in Malacañang on Tuesday.
“That is a very irresponsible reporting. The reputation of the BOI and the PNP as a whole has been affected. Let us just stick to the facts, let us not spin words,” said Magalong, who is also chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
Magalong pointed out that PNP BOI report clearly stated that the President is not covered by the PNP chain of command rule as he has the prerogative to deal with any official of the PNP.
“Ang sinabi ko kahapon at siya rin namang sinabi namin sa BOI report, President Aquino did not violate the chain of command as he is not covered by it. But the findings of the report that the chain of command has been violated remains,” Magalong said.
“We are just stating the facts here. Bakit may mga speculation na binabaliktad na namin ang BOI report? Wala po kaming binago at wala po kaming babaguhin. Hindi namin sisirain ang aming prinsipyo … Maski ano pang pressure hindi na po mababago ang BOI report,” he added.
Magalong said he disclosed the meeting with the President because he was only being “truthful.” (MNS)