PNP forms fact finding team to probe Kidapawan dispersal

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police organized a Fact Finding Team in connection with the alleged violent dispersal of a mass action by farmers in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato on April 1, PNP Spokesperson Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said on Tuesday.

”The PNP has activated a fact-finding team to know the truth behind the incident. Our policy is to be transparent which means we do not condone any violation of the rules and regulations committed by our colleagues. This means that all who committed mistakes shall be punished,” Mayor explained.

”We will be open for investigation. We also encourage other concerned government agencies to join us in seeking the truth regarding the matter. With this, we assure that the PNP will be open and transparent in its probe on the incident,” he added.

Mayor said PNP Director for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) PDir Dominador E. Aquino Jr. has issued Letter Orders No. 538 dated April 5 which designates police officers who will be part of the fact finding team on.

Director for Integrated Police Operations for Western Mindanao (DIPO-WM), Police Director Isagani Nerez, a lawyer, shall act as the Team Leader and he will be assisted by officers from the different Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (RCIDU) and Mindanao Area Police Intelligence Office (MAPIO) namely:

Police Superintendent Danilo Macerin – Chief, RCIDU 11;

Police Senior Superintendent Felix Servita – Chief, RCIDU 12;

Police Superintendent Rainiero De Chavez – Chief, MAPIO; with

Police Senior Superintendent Daniel Macatlang – Ex-O, DIPO-WM as the Team Secretariat.

As for the time frame for the releases of the results of the investigation, Mayor did not give any specific date but assured that the public will know the truth as soon as the probe is finished.

”We want this to be finished (as soon as possible) so that everyone will be enlightened on what really happened in Kidapawan City. We symphatize with everyone, especially with those whose loved ones were hurt or died in the incident. The same goes for our uniformed personnel. Nobody wanted this to happen. What we are asking is to be given the chance to probe the incident in order to uncover the truth,” he noted. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/PNA /