Mayor Lim invited in next Senate hearing on hostage tragedy

August 30, 2010 10:02 am 

MANILA, Aug. 29 – Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim leads the list of guests next week when the Senate calls another public hearing on the bloody hostage-taking incident last August 23.

Senate committee on public order and illegal drugs chairman Sen. Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan confirmed on Sunday that Lim has been summoned to air his side on what many observers viewed as bungled police operations that led to the killing of nine people,including eight tourists from Hong Kong.

During the first seven-hour Senate hearing last Thursday, Manila Police District chief superintendent Rodolfo Magtibay named Lim as the one who ordered the arrest of hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza’s brother Gregorio.

Lim, chairman of the hostage crisis management committee, denied the allegation of Magtibay who voluntarily take leave of absence to give way to the police investigation in the incident that also killed the hostage-taker.

Aside from Lim, hostage crisis chief negotiator Col. Orlando Yebra has also been invited along with the media personalities, including those who interviewed Mendoza during the 11-hour negotiations, to get the first hand account from them.

”Our next hearing will be either on Wednesday or Thursday and we will summon Mayor Lim, Col. Yebra and representatives of media networks,” Honasan said.

To save time in investigating the hostage crisis in aid of legislation, Honasan said the Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation as well as those from crime laboratory and independent forensic experts will also be invited in the next hearing.

”What we got in our first hearing was only the initial report. It’s not yet remedial report, although our first hearing has good results because our law enforcers admitted lapses on their tactical operation,” Honasan said. (PNA)

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