Gonzales recommends one-day extension for Basilan probe

“We are doing everything by the book here. I think it is wise to wait for the results of the fact-finding investigation," Gonzales told reporters here soon as he arrived from Basilan where police officials briefed him about the attempt to arrest the suspects.

Gonzales assured the people in Mindanao that the Armed Forces "will not fire the first shot" in its search for those responsible for the beheading of Marines.

"Yes, there is tension but have you heard gunshots being fired all across Mindanao? The ceasefire is still holding," he said.

Gonzales said he does not mind if justice would not be served immediately for the fallen Marines.

"I don't care whether it would take place tomorrow or next week as long as justice will be served," he said.

Gonzales said the government is bent on arresting the suspects to send a strong signal that such atrocity would not be allowed to happen in the future.

He said the government is thankful that the "mechanisms of the ceasefire agreement "between the MILF is working and have prevented the escalation of a full-blown war. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)

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