From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 30): AFP's Bautista says review underway for military-police assistance pact
Following the bloody Atimonan shootout which left 13 persons dead last Jan. 6,
the Armed Forces Wednesday announced it is reviewing the cooperation agreement
between soldiers and police in peace and security operations.
Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista, AFP chief, made this statement after 21 soldiers
were implicated in the incident after responding to a call for help by local
"We are reviewing (the incident) right now to make sure that such incident
won't happen again," he added.
The AFP chief also mulls the installation of safeguards to eliminate such
Bautista stressed the soldiers implicated in the Atimonan case went there in
good faith based on the request for assistance by the police.
But the AFP chief said they will await the results of the official
investigation before coming up with a decision on how to sanction these