Senate uncertain if SAF survivors will be presented in public hearing

By , on February 10, 2015

Sen. Grace Poe - Llamanzares. Photo from Poe's official Facebook page.
Sen. Grace Poe – Llamanzares. Photo from Poe’s official Facebook page.

MANILA — The Senate still remains mum on whether they will present survivors of the Mamasampano encounter during the second day of the investigation.

The probe conducted to find out the truth behind the operation will resume today, Tuesday.

Senator Grace Poe, who is taking the lead in the investigation said that the senate is still looking for ways to get the survivors to testify safely.

“We will see how can we get the testimonies of the survivors without compromising their safety,” she said.

During the first day of the probe conducted Monday, two members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force – Police Superintendent Raymond Train and Police Officer 2 Christopher Lalan were invited as resource person.

The two, who are also survivors who fought during the encounter, were present in the Senate during the probe.

Poe, however, said that they were not presented during the hearing due to health concerns.

Poe also added that they are now currently investigating the involvement of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the encounter.

“We will also hopefully get to focus also on the MILF, their involvement, and what they are willing to do to prove their sincerity in the peace process,” she added.