Nature of cases recommended by IIRC can't be divulged yet — De Lima

September 21, 2010 12:10 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 21 — Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima, the Chairperson of the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC), on Tuesday clarified that she cannot divulge the particular charges they have recommended filed against the personalities they found liable in the tragic Manila hostage crisis last August 23.

De Lima said charges that should be filed against each personality have to be withheld, pending the outcome of a review by the Malacanang legal team of the IIRC report and recommendations on orders of President Aquino.

The legal team is composed of Executive Secretary Pacquito "Jojo" Ochoa Jr. and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Ed de Mesa.

"Theoretically, what we did was just recommendatory and it is the prerogative of the President to accept our report in its entirety or modify the same or reject it completely," De Lima said.

However, De Lima said that they have recommended that administrative and criminal charges be filed against those found liable.

Those recommended charged were former Manila Police District (MPD) Director Chief Supt. Rodolfo Magtibay, retired Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Jesus Verzosa, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, Supt. Orlando Yebra, Chief Insp. Santiago Pascual, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Chief Supt. Leocadio Santiago Jr., Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno, Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and Deputy Ombudsman Emilio Gonzalez III, and media personalities Michael Rogas, Erwin Tulfo and RMN station manager Jake Maderazo and TV networks TV5, GMA-7 and ABS-CBN. (PNA)

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