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MANILA, Philippines - The Board of Inquiry created by President Aquino to investigate on Mamasapano, Maguindanao clash that killed 44 Special Action Force (SAF) members, 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and 2 civilians has started its probe into the incident.

TAGAPAGLIGTAS: The 44 brave commandos of  PNP-SAF
TAGAPAGLIGTAS: The 44 brave commandos of  PNP-SAF

Check out the latest news updates and videos on Mamasapano clash here:

WATCH: Anatomy of the Mamasapano clash (credit ABS-CBN News)

Aquino on his televised national address on Wednesday said PNP Director General Alan Purisima was involved in the planning of the operation to arrest suspected Jemaah Islamiya leader Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Commander Marwan though he's suspended on his post due to graft charge.

The Board of Inquiry (BOI) is headed by Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO) head Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ingking and includes Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Police Director Benjamin Magalong and Directorate for Research and Development head Chief Superintendent Catalino Rodriguez Jr.

Meanwhile, International Monitoring Team (IMT) and the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) visited Wahid Tundok, the commander of the MILF's 118th Base Command at his house in Dauti Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao to check details related to the massacre.

Malacañang says burial ground not an issue for fallen SAF 44 families

Malacañang Palace said on Saturday that burial ground for the fallen elite cops is not an issue for their kin. Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. said the kin of the 44 did not bring up to bury the killed personnel at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

Coloma said it will be incovenient for the families to visit their loved ones at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani since they are living outside Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, remains of Fallen 44 were already brought out of Camp Bagong Diwa before dawn on Sunday. On Thursday, arrival honors were rendered to them and the nation mourned as Aquino declared January 30 a day of national mourning.

WATCH: Arrival Honors for Fallen PNP-SAF Heroes (video courtesy of PNP-PIO)

Here are some of the touching photos on National Day of Mourning:

President Noy offers a moment of silent prayer before the remains of the fallen PNP-SAF Troopers.
President Noy offers a moment of silent prayer before the remains of the fallen PNP-SAF Troopers. Credit: Noynoy Aquino on Twitter

Militant group says PNoy to blame for the death of 44 policemen

Anakpawis Rep. Fernando Hicap on Saturday said that PNoy should be held responsible for the deaths of 44 police commandos. He said it was the President’s actions that led to the tragic end of SAF men, who entered MILF territory in a clandestine operation to arrest two international terrorists.

Hicap noted that Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli Abdhir “Marwan” was listed on Federal Bureau of Investigation list of Most Wanted Terrorists. FBI had offered $5 million for the arrest of Marwan.

Marwan was reportedly killed in the SAF operation, but the other target, the Filipino Basit Usman, commander of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, escaped.

FBI claims no prior knowledge of PNP raid for 2 terrorists

Reuters reported claims of United States counterterrorism agency Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that it have no prior knowledge of a police raid in the southern part of the country last Sunday.

"The FBI was not involved in the planning or execution of the operation. We do express our deepest condolences to the brave officers of the Philippine National Police who lost their lives in the line of duty," FBI spokesman Josh Campbell said.

The Mamasapano clash, which the Philippine government has described as a "misencounter," seems to affect the three-year ceasefire between Philippines police and Muslim rebels in Mindanao.