Commission on Human Rights chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales has been reported to have strongly criticized the Senate Mamasapano Report saying that it was “mostly based on emotions rather than an objective interpretation of facts.”
I do not know where Rosales was during the senate investigation, but if leaders from the different sectors of society have heaped praises for the way neophyte Senator Grace Poe ably handled the proceedings with all objectivity, it boggles my mind how Rosales could describe it to be subjective.
There is no doubt emotions were high in some aspects of the investigation, but how could the final report be based on emotions when the investigation was conducted not only in aid of legislation, but also finding out how and what contributed to the death of 44 PNP-SAF troopers?
Rosales deplored the use of the word “massacre”, to describe how the fallen troopers died as “excessive” because, as she claims, the SAF were also armed and, thus, they were not necessarily “helpless or unresisting.” That is true, but ‘massacre’ here is not about the act, but rather the intent that the Moro rebels had in making sure that none lives to tell the tale by pumping more bullets on the fallen police commandos.
Rosales complained also that the report failed to mention the death of a number of civilians caught in the crossfire.
In the same breath, Rosales, likewise, lambasted the Senate report for its “skewed understanding of the peace process in Mindanao.”
To me it looks like Rosales herself is getting the better of her own emotions, such that she could no longer distinguish what is what and which is which. It looks like she is a victim of the proverbial saying of “not seeing the forest for the trees.”
Unlike Rosales, the Senate report was about looking into the biggest factor or factors that resulted to the Mamasapano debacle that led to collateral killings despite being successful in neutralizing one high-value target.
How much more objective can one get when the report itself questions the leadership attributes of President Benigno Aquino, both as president and commander-in-chief?
Everybody, including the senators, understand the importance of having peace in Mindanao or the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), but is it a “skewed understanding of the peace process in Mindanao”, if the report asks for a total review of the BBL and questions the probity of the MILF peace negotiators?
Surely the Senate report is not polarizing public opinion about the Mamasapano massacre, but Rosales’ comments sure as hell do.