Rep. Lobregat dismayed as House suspends Mamasapano hearings PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 February 2015 17:36

Representative Celso Lobregat of the city’s First District has expressed dismay over the decision of the House leadership to suspend hearings on the Mamasapano incident pending results of the investigation by the Board of Inquiry (BOI) of the Philippine National Police.

The Congressional committees on Public Order and Safety and Peace, Reconciliation and Unification were scheduled to resume hearings on the Mamasapano clash February 18 with a long list of invited guests. However, in a closed-door meeting with the House leadership led by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. and various political blocs and the chairmen of two committees early this week, the group decided to suspend the hearings.

Lobregat said the hearings would have been the venue where congressmen would be given the opportunity to ask questions which are also the very questions that their constituents wish to ask  pertaining to the Mamasapano incident where 44 PNP-Special Action Force commandoes were brutally killed by members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) last January 25.

“How would the people look now at the House of Representatives? Makatriste este, porque pa kita keda representante del maga gente si hinde man kita toma parte na investigacion,” the District I congressman said. While the senate  has assured that there will be no white wash or cover-up in the investigation, Lobregat said “Congress will have no work and no probe”.

During the initial hearings in Congress, Lobregat was one of those who asked critical and very relevant questions with the aim of ferreting out the truth.

As the House suspended hearings on the Mamasapano incident pending the BOI report, the House Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL has also deferred its executive sessions pending the submission of the inquiry report of the two House committees. — Jubels Santos