DOJ forms panel to handle Mamasapano case

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(File photo) Justice Sec. Leila de Lima

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Department of Justice has created a five-man panel of prosecutors to handle the preliminary investigation of the Mamasapano case.

Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Rosanne Balauag will lead the panel.

The panel will issue subpoenas to the parties including the respondents.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima earlier said the panel would work closely with the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities in serving the subpoenas.

Ninety individuals have been charged, including those from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, for the death of 33 police commandos during a firefight in in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January.

The joint National Bureau of Investigation and National Prosecution Service team will disclose their  findings on the second part of the Mamasapano investigation on Thursday (October 8).

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