Honasan mulls holding one more hostage inquiry

September 24, 2010 12:34 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 23 – Senator Gregorio Honasan said on Thursday that his committee on public order is contemplating on pushing through with its inquiry on the bloody hostage crisis last August 23, focusing on the roles of the local government officials.

The committee on public order intends "to conduct at least one more hearing so we can focus on the roles and relationship between the local government officials and the police in crisis situations like this,” Honasan said during weekly Kapihan sa Senado media forum.

He said another purpose of the Senate inquiry on the hostage crisis that left nine people dead, including eight Hong Kong tourists, is to check the weakness of the law as well as the implementing rules and regulations in hostage situation.

”We shall also look in aid of legislation the weaknesses of the offices involved in the hostage crisis,” Honasan said.

Honasan said Manila Mayor Alfedo Lim, Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, chief negotiator Orlando Yebra and Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez maybe invited as resource persons in the hearing.

Gutierrez did not appear in the incident investigation and review committee investigation (IIRC) conducted by the Department of Justice but was tagged as one of those liable in the aftermath of the crisis.

”Maybe we will get a more positive response from the Ombudsman since the point in inviting (her) is to look at the grievance mechanism that maybe part of the root causes of this hostage taking incident,” he said.

Gutierrez was among those recommended by the IIRC to be charged in court for the botched rescue operations of hostages.

Honasan also noted that until now, only two public officers — President Benigno Aquino III and former Manila Police District chief Rodolfo Magtibay — have assumed full responsibilities for the incident. (PNA)



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