MANILA –Truth Commission proponents yesterday said that President Aquino may be invited to discuss the events that occurred prior to the operation that lead to the killing of 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
A fact-finding body such as the Truth Commission may have extensive powers that compel persons to speak or present documents and other activities needed in the course of the investigation, according to Sen. Teofisto Guingona III.
He added that once approved the said team can also impose penalties on persons who will refuse to cooperate in the form of giving testimony or submitting necessary documents without lawful excuse.
Senate President Franklin Drilon has also expressed his willingness to support any move that will help uncover the truth behind the massacre.
This, according to him is to end the spread of misinformation and lies.
Meanwhile, several lawmakers including senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as well as Reps. Sitti Turabin-Hataman, Leni Robredo, Teddy Baguilat, Jorge Banal, Kaka Bag-ao and Marcelino Teodoro have expressed their support in the creation of the body.