Former Agusan Vice Gov is member of committee probing hostage-taking

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 September) – A former vice governor of Agusan del Norte and former representative to Congress is a member of the five-person Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) tasked by the Department of Justice to probe the bloody hostage-taking in Manila on August 23.

The IIRC is composed of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima as chair, Acting Local Governments Secretary Jesse Robredo as vice chair; and members Teresita Ang-See who represents the Filipino-Chinese community; Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas president Herman Basbaño who represents the media; and lawyer Roan Libarios of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the former Agusan vice governor (1992 to 1995) and 2nd district representative (1998 to 2001).

While a representative, he was also appointed Member of the Negotiating Panel of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) in peace talks with insurgent groups and  was a member of the 11-man prosecution panel of the House of Representatives in the first impeachment trial of an elected Philippine President in late 2000 to early 2001.

Libarios finished his AB Political Science and Law studies at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, where he served as editor of the campus newspaper, the Philippine Collegian (1982-1983).

He is presently the governor of the Eastern Mindanao Region of  the IBP.

The IIRC first convened on September 2, to lay down the mechanics for the marathon clarificatory hearings.

The hearings are ongoing. (MindaNews)