Aquino to double-check facts before answering Duterte

PHILIPPINES DUTERTE INAUGURATION/ JUNE 30,2016 16th President Rodrigo Roa Duterte looks on as  President Benigno  Simeon Aquino  lll troops the line during the  departure before the inauguration of President Rodrigo Roa held in malacanag grounds, June 30,2016. in photo: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Benigno Aquino salutes during while singing the national anthem. INQUIRER PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and former President Benigno Aquino. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

On the morning of the 84th birth anniversary of his mother, former President Benigno Aquino III went over and “double-checked the facts” on the botched Mamasapano encounter that President Rodrigo Duterte blamed on him, saying the former commander in chief threw the police commandos into the lion’s den.

Aquino told reporters on Wednesday he would issue a statement on Thursday.

He said there were “a lot of points” raised by Mr. Duterte on Tuesday. “So we just wanted to make sure of our reply.”

The former President, his sisters Ballsy Cruz, Pinky Abelleda and Viel Dee, their husbands and children, heard Mass in honor of former President Corazon Aquino at Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City.

Other relatives and friends, led by Vice President Leni Robredo, joined them. The Vice President did not give any interviews.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said on Wednesday  she was not offended by Mr. Duterte’s announcement that he planned to create an independent commission to look into the slaughter of 44 Special Action Force commandos in Mamasapano two years ago.

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