Friday, January 21, 2011 DOJ Clears AFP of role in death of U.P. Botanist Leonard Co

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has cleared government troops of any liability in the killing of noted botanist Leonardo Co and two guides in an encounter with communist rebels in Leyte last November.

In a 26-page report, a fact-finding panel composed of Assistant State Prosecutors Diosdado Solidum Jr. and Bryan Jacinto Cacha and lawyer Romulo Asis of the National Bureau of Investigation’s Death Investigation Division said the soldiers involved in the firefight were not responsible for the death of 56-year-old Co, Sofronio Cortez and Julius Borromeo.

The bullets that killed the three, according to the panel, came from the lines of the New People’s Army (NPA).

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