Philippines police report finds fault at highest level in bungled mission

March 13, 2015 8:19 AM

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Philippines police report finds fault at highest level in bungled mission

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino approved a bungled secret mission against Islamist rebels that led to the deaths of 44 police commandos, an official report released on Friday said, piling more pressure on the beleaguered leader.

The Philippine National Police Board of Inquiry (BOI) report also found Aquino had authorized suspended police general Alan Purisima, a personal friend, to take part in the mission even as he was being investigated for corruption.

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