Press Release
January 27, 2015

Press Statement of Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III
on the 64 cops killed in a clash with Moro fighters in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province

The bloody incident that caused the loss of lives of 64 cops must be denounced in terms that are most condemnatory.

Those responsible must be sanctioned pursuant to law immediately.

The incident, however, must not be used as an excuse to dump the peace talks between the government and rebels.

On the contrary, the Bangsamoro Basic Law should be reworded to make it fall within the ambit of the Constitution, and inclusive so that other rebel groups may not have any reason to pursue their own bloody agenda.

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