Philippine investigators not yet ruling out that "friendly fire" hit some hostages

15:42, September 23, 2010      

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Philippine investigators have not ruled out the possibility that "friendly fire" may have hit some of the tourists from Hong Kong who were hostaged by a dismissed cop last month, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Thursday.

De Lima, who chairs the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC), said the fact finding body stands by their report that it was the gun owned by hostage taker Rolando Mendoza that killed the eight hostages in the August 23 hostage fiasco.

This conclusion was based from the testimony of the tourist bus driver Alberto Lubang and the sworn affidavit submitted by two hostage survivors.

However, the IIRC "can't completely or 100 percent rule out friendly fire in the sense that there may have been friendly fire that hit any of the victims," de Lima said in a press briefing.

"Since we don't have ballistic exams yet, it was not prudent for us to include that in our report," she added.

De Lima said the IIRC may have some findings on the results of the ballistic exams within the week.

Source: Xinhua


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