MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang said its review of the the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) report is “being finalized at the moment,” and that there is no definite date yet when this will be released.
The President said a careful assessment of the legal implications of the report's recommendations is necessary.
Some portions of the IIRC report, which found 13 persons and 3 media networks liable for the tragic end of the hostage crisis, have been withheld from the public.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the report is still being finalized.
“Considering po na sensitibo talaga ang issue ng IIRC, gusto lang po natin maging thorough at siguraduhing nandun po lahat ng basehan para suportahan yung kung ano po yung magiging rekomendasyon,” she said.
She said it is up to the President or the Office of the Executive Secretary to say when the Palace review, as well as the unpublished portions of the IIRC report, will be released.
Valte declined to confirm a report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the review would recommend the filing of charges against Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno.
“Mas mahirap kung maglalabas tayo ng hindi buo yung basehan ng report...We will get confirmation when the report is out. At this point, we are very careful not to sacrifice quality for speed,” Valte said.
She declined to described the Inquirer report as a "leak" since this would mean “close to confirming" that the report is correct.
Valte said China will also immediately be given copies of the Palace review of the IIRC report.
“Dapat din po sabay if not in a matter of hours. Ganoon din po yung magiging balak,” she said