MANILA, Philippines-The Department of Justice has released the Joint National Bureau of Investigation – National Prosecution Service Special Investigation Team report on the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano Incident.

Highlighted in its 225-page report, as reviewed by Justice secretary Leila De Lima, is the recommendation for filing of charges for “direct assault complexed with murder or the complex crime of direct assault with murder under Article 148, in relation to Article 248 of the Revised Penal Code” against 90 suspects as identified by eye witnesses.

Along with murder charges, the suspects will face cases of theft under Article 308 “for the taking of the firearms, other fighting equipment and various personal belongings of the Special Action Force (SAF) commandos” who died at the cornfield in Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano.

In a press statement, DOJ summed up the joint report, saying:

-The 55th SAC fired the first shot that started the firefight at the cornfield in Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano.

-There was a “pintakasi” by the MILF, BIFF and PAGs against the 55th SAC.

-By 8:00AM of January 25, 2015, the MILF, BIFF and PAGs who fought the 55th SAC already knew that they were engaged in a firefight with police officers.

-Some 55th SAC commandos tried to surrender, but the MILF, BIFF and PAGs continued firing at them until the commandos would no longer fight back because many of them were already dead and those still alive were severely wounded.

-After the firefight, MILF elements crossed the river over to the cornfield to finish off the dying 55th SAC members.

Download full report here: http://www.doj.gov.ph/files/news/Mamasapano_NBI-NPS_SIT_Report_REDACTED.pdf