Incident Investigation and Review Committee Press Statement

12 October 2010

The Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) on the August 23, 2010 Rizal Park Hostage-taking Incident welcomes the President's announced directive to release to the public the full text of the IIRC Report, together with the Palace action plan on the Committee's recommendations. With the disclosure of the full IIRC Report, the public is now fully informed of the IIRC's recommendations on the accountability of public officials and the media in the hostage-taking incident. The agenda is now set for the implementation of the IIRC's recommendations.

The Committee believes that in the review of the Report, the President exercised his executive prerogatives judiciously. When the IIRC submitted its Report, it was with full knowledge that the President was not bound to adopt the recommendations en toto. The IIRC, however, notes that the findings of facts remain unchanged in the review process and its recommendations substantially adopted, indicating that the IIRC position was well-considered and respected. As such, the IIRC fully respects the Palace review process.

The IIRC believes that the action plan of the President will result in the imposition of the appropriate sanctions against those culpable. The IIRC trusts that the Palace action plan will put closure to the issue of accountability for the hostage-taking incident. From here, the IIRC can now focus its efforts on the immediate task of coming out with proposed measures and institutional reforms to prevent or avoid similar incidents from happening in the future.

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