Photos dispute Mamasapano 'alternative truth': Report

Photos dispute Mamasapano 'alternative truth': Report
PHOTO: Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

Photos of the aftermath of the death of terrorist Marwan "prove" that members of the Special Action Force (SAF) killed him, a report said.

The pictures that showed SAF members with the half-naked body of Marwan and in his hut in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, was provided by a "source," according to a report of ABS CBN network.

One of the images apparently showed Senior Inspector Gednat Tabdi cutting the finger of Marwan, whose real name was Zulkifli bin Hir, a Malaysian bomb maker.

The right index finger was tested for DNA by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation which confirmed that it was from the dead terrorist.

Tabdi, a member of the SAF's 84th Seaborne Company that assaulted Marwan's hut, was one of 44 police commandos killed in the ensuing firefight with rebels and lawless elements in the adjacent corn fields of Tukanalipao, Maguindanao.

Another photo showed a SAF member in front of Marwan's body. He was holding the dead terrorist's .45-calibre pistol.

The source said the pictures were proof that the claim of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that an aide of Marwan killed the terrorist was a "lie." It also tended to dispute the "alternative truth" being floated by President Benigno Aquino III.

Meanwhile, retired-Director Getulio Napenas, former SAF chief, scoffed at the MILF claim about who killed Marwan.

"Pwede naman palang iabot sa silver platter, bakit kinailangan pang pumasok ang tropa namin for operations na ganyan? Namatayan pa kami nang marami," (If they could give [Marwan] on a silver platter, why did our troops need to conduct an operation where we lost a lot of men?) Napenas said.

Napenas said they did not have any assets or insiders in Marwan's group.

The former SAF commander said the MILF was just trying to divert attention from the fact that MILF men killed his men.

"Gusto nilang i-divert yung katotohanan na MILF ang pumatay dun sa 44," (They just want to divert the truth that the MILF killed the 44) Napeñas said.

He lamented that justice had not been served the slain lawmen eight months after the incident on January 25, 2015.

"Wala pang katarungan sa kanila," he said.

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