Malacañang said yesterday that the 83-page report by the investigative committee headed by Justice Secretary De Lima has to be submitted first to Beijing not later than tomorrow through the Chinese embassy in Manila before it will be made public for reason of transparency.
After Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo gets back from the US, a high delegation would hand-carry and present a copy of the same report to Beijing, Carandang said.
Carandang stressed that no one will question or can accuse that there is a whitewash if the report is being given first to a foreign government. The transmittal to the embassy will hasten its release to the public. Lacierda said that the president wanted the report released as soon as possible to avoid suspicions that some of its content would be altered.
In the report, at least 12 officials have been found liable for incompetence in the rescue operation that resulted to the deaths of the tourist hostages.