China reiterates call for truthful probe

9/11/2010 - THE government of China renewed its call for its Philippine counterpart to produce a truthful report on the investigation of the August 23 hostage tragedy that killed eight tourists.

In a statement, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Liu Jianchao said his government acknowledges all the efforts being exerted by the Philippines in finding the truth about the incident, but they are hoping it will be capped off by a comprehensive report.

"We hope that the Philippine side presses ahead with the investigation and produces a comprehensive and fair report, which tells the truth, upholds the justice and becomes something that can be drawn upon for handling similar cases in the future," said Liu.

On Thursday, Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) head Leila de Lima said there is a possibility that some of the bullets that killed the hostages came from rescuing police operatives.

De Lima, however, said no conclusion should be made immediately as the panel will still have to wait for result of the ballistics examinations.

The IIRC ended its hearings last Wednesday and is set to submit its report to President Benigno Aquino III next week.

The Chinese envoy also said they appreciate the efforts of Aquino to resolve the matter in a swift manner and hopes that all his directives would be met accordingly.

"President Aquino showed his firm determination in settling the aftermath of the incident by promising a comprehensive, thorough and fair investigation," said Liu (Sun Star)

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