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MILF also hurting over viral video of brutal SAF shooting

/ 04:06 PM February 12, 2015

MANILA, Philippines–It’s also “painful” for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to see the Special Action Force being brutally shot by an alleged Moro rebel shown in a viral video.

“Masakit sa amin ‘yun. Kaya ho kailangan natin ng independent investigation para matignan natin (It’s also painful for us. That’s why there’s a need for an independent investigation so we can look into it) ,” Mohagher Iqbal, MILF chief negotiator, said at the Senate hearing on the Mamasapano incident on Thursday.

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Mohagher Iqbal. FILE PHOTO

Iqbal said this during the interpellation of Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, who later asked Philippine National Police officer in charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina to air his side on the matter.

Aquino said that he, with the public, were “brought to tears and moved by his impassioned statement” in the hearing at the House of Representatives on the encounter that killed 44 policemen.

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“Alam niyo po katulad nu’ng sinabi ko sa inyo noon pa, matagal ko nang nilagay ang sarili ko doon sa paa ng mga humahanap ng hustisya. Doon pa lang malalaman na nila, ng pamilya kung ano ang hinahanap nila so that we’ll have a good perspective of what real justice are we seeking,” Espina said.

(You know, just like what I have been telling you, I have love put myself in the shoes of those searching for justice. From that, they will already know what the families are looking for and we’ll have a good perspective of what real justice are we seeking.)
Espina earned the sympathy of the public after he broke down in tears while expressing frustration over the investigation on the bloody encounter that took the lives of 44 of his men.

“(Gusto naming) malaman ang katotohan. May dapat pong parusahan sino man may pagkakamali. Hindi naman natin mababalik ‘yung nagawan ng injustice,” he added.

(We all want to know the truth. Those who are at fault need to be punished. We can no longer bring the victims of injustice back to life.)

He also thanked Iqbal for heeding to the calls for his presence in the hearing.

“Buti ho andito si Chairman Iqbal. At least narinig, naparating po natin sa kanila kung ano ang nangyari sa police eh (Good thing Chairman Iqbal is here. At least we heard and we knew what really happened to the police),” he said.

“Maraming salamat po. I hope magsama-sama po tayo, 44 po ang aming patay sabi niyo po sa inyo 18 (Thank you. I hope we can cooperate with each other as 44 of our men died, while 18 of your men died). So, we seek justice for our people.”

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TAGS: Bam Aquino, Leonardo Espina, Maguindanao, Mamasapano, MILF, Mohagher Iqbal, SAF, SAF shooting, Special Action Force, viral video
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