Palace assures working to prevent another PNP, AFP misencounter

Malacañang on Monday said the Duterte administration is bent on doing all it takes to ensure that the recent misencounter between government forces in Samar would not have a repeat.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. in a press briefing held in Maasin, Leyte reiterated that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has taken full responsibility for the incident.

He then assured families of the slain policemen that the government would provide them with all their needs while investigations are ongoing.

“Lahat naman po ng pupwedeng maibigay sa mga biktima nitong misencounter na ito ay ibibigay ng gobyerno,” Roque guaranteed.

“Kaya nga po inako na ‘yan ng Presidente para matigil na ‘yung sisihan sa panig ng Hukbong Sandatahan at sa panig ng Philippine National Police (PNP),” he added.

On the other hand, Roque clarified that a proper investigation would still be conducted per the President’s order. This is to make sure that the blunders committed during the operation would not be repeated, he explained.

“Tuloy pa rin po ang imbestigasyon dahil ayaw natin na maulit ito,” the Spokesperson said, as he stressed the need for a closer coordination between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the PNP particularly during combat operations.

Furthermore, Roque asserted that the administration sees no criminal intent on the part of the security forces, although the probe could reveal that there was indeed a complete lack of coordination.

“Tanggapin natin na walang gustong mangyari nito pero without prejudice to the final outcome of the investigation to be conducted by the Board of Inquiry (BOI),” he said. PNA