Solon wants a separate probe on Atimonan shooting incident

MINORITY Leader Danilo Suarez has called for a congressional probe into the Atimonan, Quezon shooting incident killing 13 persons including some police and military personnel.

Suarez said he wants the House Committees on Local Government and Public Order and Security to probe the allegations from various quarters that some members of the alleged crime syndicate include members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Suarez, author of House Resolution 2987, urged the two House panels to find out what really transpired and why some police and military were accused as members of gun-for-hire syndicates.

Earlier, Quezon Province Police Senior Superintendent Valeriano de Leon described the 13 casualties as part of a criminal syndicate group.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. said that since appropriate government agencies are now looking into the incident, “it is best to allow the said investigations to come to their appropriate conclusions.”

“Let’s give them the chance to do what they are doing,” Belmonte said.

Expecting that any or some members could speak on the matter in plenary, Belmonte added that he would not preempt the collective action or decision of any House members on the possibility of separate congressional inquiries into the shooting incident.

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