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More insult to injury

/ 12:04 AM February 19, 2015

Let us not add more insult to the injury and further dishonor our 44 fallen Special Action Force commandos by allowing so many investigations. Chances are they would only result in more confusions, disaster and embarrassment.

The front-page headline of the Feb. 4 issue of the Inquirer—“Too many probes may spoil the truth”—expresses a valid concern. In fact, the best way to muddle any controversial issue is to conduct several separate surveys and investigations to produce differing findings, thus leaving the public more bewildered, puzzled and indignant.

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It would be no different from the never-ending, conflicting claims of two rival media outfits that they are numero uno in viewership (“Rival networks both claim top spot,” Business, 2/4/15). What gives? Each of them employ a different company to track down their viewership performances. I myself am confused as to which of them is really THE No. 1. The conflicting findings appear to please accordingly only the network that commissioned them.

I fear that the same is going to happen in the case of the Mamasapano carnage of 44 police commandos, with so many groups and bodies doing their own separate probes into that bloody incident. If this happens, chances are there will be as many conflicting findings as the number of investigations being conducted. And the resulting confusion would only serve to exonerate the culprits and allow the brains behind this contemptuous crime to go scot-free, even unscathed.

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I believe the more enlightened suggestion is to form one, impartial, independent body which should be authorized to engage internationally known probe specialists to look into this incident.

That is, if we are serious in plumbing the bottom of this case and do justice to the Fallen 44, their loved ones, the SAF, the police organization and the whole nation.

—ROMULO O. PONTE, San Pedro City, Laguna, [email protected]

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