MANILA, Philippines- The administration chooses to wait for the official investigation report of the Atimonan alleged ambush before giving any final comment on what is truth.
Despite Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s expressing doubts yesterday regarding the Atimonan, Quezon shootout, which took the lives of 13 people last January 6, the Palace assured going through the right process of investigation instead of accepting speculations and early reports.
In the Malacañang news conference yesterday, Presidential Spokeman Edwin Lacierda gave the administration’s stand on the issue.
“We cannot comment on that. There’s going to be an official report. It will be submitted to the President so we do not wish to speculate as to the results of the investigation,
“We don’t know the facts so we will wait for the official results. It’s better for us, especially coming from official sources, not to comment on something which is not yet final,”
Though the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been officially assigned by the president to handle the case, the National Police Commission (Napolcom) is also doing its own investigation and is willing to submit its result.
Napolcom Executive Officer and Vice Chairman Eduardo Escueta stated that they have the right to have their own investigation on the matter since the Philippine National Police (PNP) is under the Commission. If proven that the police-military operation had violations, the involved are subject to dismissal from the service.
Escueta assured that the investigation will be completed immediately since the case is not complicated.
“It’s going to be expeditious because the validation reports continue to pour in. The issue is not that complicated… like I’ve said, there are questions that, once answered, prove that violations were committed on the Philippine National Police’s own procedures.”