Philippine president recommends filing of charges against 4 police for hostage fiasco

17:21, October 11, 2010      

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has recommended the filing of administrative charges against four police officials for "gross incompetence and serious neglect of duty" that led to the killing of eight Hong Kong tourists in a hostage crisis last month.

In a press briefing held Monday, Aquino said that he was recommending that the National Police Commission formally file charges against Chief Supt. Rodolfo Magtibay, former chief of Manila Police District; National Capital Region Head Director Leocadio Santiago Jr.; Supt. Orlando Yebra, negotiator in the hostage taking; and Special Weapons and Tactics Unit Head Chief Inspector Santiago Pascual III.

Aquino also recommended that the initiation of administrative proceedings against Manila Mayor Alfreo Lim for misconduct in office and simple neglect and Deputy Ombudsman Emilio Gonzales III for neglect of duty.

Aquino's recommendation is based from the report submitted by the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) and reviewed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr and the Presidential legal team.

Source: Xinhua


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