Malacañang orders impartial investigation into Datu Paglas police operation, says Galvez

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao Del Norte – During their visit at the 6th Infantry Division Headquarters in Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Del Norte, Thursday, June 22, Presidential peace adviser Secretary Carlito Galvez said that Malacañang has ordered an impartial investigation into the police operation in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao del Sur on June 18 that killed seven (7) MILF combatants. 
Galvez, along with Special Assistant to the President Secretary Anton Lagdameo, said the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) said that they received a resolution from the MILF central committee asking President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to call for an independent and impartial probe of the Datu Paglas incident.

“A fair investigation is necessary and the participation of third party is important to come up with reasonable findings,” Galvez said as quoted by Rappler.Com.

In said visit, he recommended to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to come up with the official report and submit it to Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim “so our law enforcers can air their side.”

The Police Regional Office-BARMM and the 6th Infantry Division claimed it was a legitimate police operation against wanted persons Nasser Husain and his brother Norjihad, who both died in the operation.

Stressing the fatalities were legitimate MILF members, the MILF claimed there was no prior coordination with them when state forces conducted the law-enforcement operation in MILF communities as stipulated in the Government of the Philippines-MILF 1997 general agreement on the cessation of hostilities.

Mohaqher Iqbal, former MILF chief negotiator also Minister of MBHTE, said the mechanism was not followed in the Paglas operation.

Lagdameo said the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation will come into the picture for the independent probe.