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BLOODY MANASAPANO RAID WAS AQUINO'S FAULT, SAYS NAPEÑAS' LEGAL COUNSEL
 [“Ang unang-unang katanungan diyan ay bakit pinayagan niya (Aquino) na ang mangasiwa sa napakaselan na operasyon ay isang suspendidong chief ng PNP? Sa palagay ko sa kautusang iyan, sa nangyaring iyan, diyan nagsimula ang lahat,” ]


President Benigno Aquino III and Special Action Force (SAF) chief Director Getulio Napeñas Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS  MANILA, MARCH 16, 2015 (INQUIRER) Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet ―The camp of embattled Special Action Force (SAF) chief Director Getulio Napeñas Jr. broke its silence a day after President Benigno Aquino III blamed him anew for the botched Mamasapano operation. Atty. Vitaliano Aguirre, the legal counsel of Napeñas, said that the blunders in the operation, which killed 44 police commandos, 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and five civilians, were the President’s fault as he authorized then suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima to lead the raid. “Ang unang-unang katanungan diyan ay bakit pinayagan niya (Aquino) na ang mangasiwa sa napakaselan na operasyon ay isang suspendidong chief ng PNP? Sa palagay ko sa kautusang iyan, sa nangyaring iyan, diyan nagsimula ang lahat,” Aguirre said in an interview which aired on GMA News TV’s “News To Go” on Tuesday.  (The first question that needs to be asked is why did he (Aquino) allow a suspended PNP chief to lead a sensitive operation? I think that decision was the one that triggered everything.) He also hit Aquino and Purisima for skirting responsibility on the mission to arrest Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Binhir alias Marwan and his Filipino henchman Basit Usman. READ MORE...

ALSO Napeñas camp: Aquino should answer for suspended  Purisima's actions


In this February 2015 file photo, Chief Superintendent Getulio Nepeñas, relieved commander of the police Special Action Force, answers questions in a Senate investigation into the bungled police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. On Tuesday, Nepeñas' camp said Presdident Aquino allowed police chief Director General Alan Purisima to be involved despite his suspension. Senate PRIB/Joseph Vidal, File MANILA, Philippines — The camp of sacked Special Action Force (SAF) commander Director Getulio Napeñas broke his silence on Tuesday after President Benigno Aquino III blamed him for the bungled operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 29. Napeñas' lawyer, Vitaliano Aguirre II, said his client did not defy Aquino as he was just following an order from then suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima. In his testimony at the Senate, Napeñas claimed that Purisima told him not to bother coordinating with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas. "Maniniwala ka pa na isang heneral ng isang unit lang ng kapulisan ay maaaring hindi sumunod sa kautusan ng pangulo?" Aguirre said in a phone patch interview on GMA Network's News To Go. READ MORE...

ALSO Fallen 44 kin to PNoy: Why blame Napeñas?
[“Paiba-iba ang testimonya niya (Aquino). 'Di na kami naniniwala. Ngayon sinisisi niya si Napeñas. Bakit, hindi ba kasama diyan si [resigned PNP chief Director-General Alan] Purisima?” Sumbilla said in the forum attended by both lawmakers and members of the media.]



Kin of Fallen 44 refutes PNoy's blame on Napeñas. Families and relatives of the 44 PNP-SAF commandos killed in the January 25 Mamasapano incident appear before a briefing with members of the House minority bloc on Tuesday, March 10. The relatives said the blame should not stop on relieved Special Action Force commander Director Getulio Napeñas Jr. Xianne Arcangel  Families of the police commandos who died in the Mamasapano "misencounter" expressed doubt about President Benigno Aquino III's pronouncements on Monday indicating that former Special Action Force chief Director Getulio Napeñas was to blame for the operation that resulted in the deaths of more than 60 people, including 44 members of the elite Philipine National Polic unit.
In a press conference at the House of Representatives Tuesday, the bereaved families of the police commandos urged Aquino to be more forthright as regards “Oplan Exodus,” the covert police operation that also resulted in the killing of suspected terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Napeñas’ lawyer denies sacked SAF chief ‘fooled’ PNoy


AGUIRRE: [In an exclusive interview with GMA News, Napeñas' lawyer Vitaliano Aguirre II showed a 23-page document submitted by his client to the PNP Board of Inquiry (BOI) tasked to investigate the January 25 Mamasapano encounter. According to GMA News TV's “Quick Response Team”, the document contained all the text messages that Napeñas sent and received before, during and after the Mamasapano encounter.] 
The camp of Director Getulio Napeñas Jr. on Tuesday denied that the relieved Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) chief “fooled” President Benigno Aquino III by sending the latter wrong information about the botched operation in Mamasapano dubbed as “Oplan Exodus.”  In an exclusive interview with GMA News, Napeñas' lawyer Vitaliano Aguirre II showed a 23-page document submitted by his client to the PNP Board of Inquiry (BOI) tasked to investigate the January 25 Mamasapano encounter. According to GMA News TV's “Quick Response Team”, the document contained all the text messages that Napeñas sent and received before, during and after the Mamasapano encounter. READ FULL REPORT

ALSO: PNP probers not keen on getting Aquino’s affidavit on Mamasapano


PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO    The Philippine National Police board of inquiry (BOI) looking into the Mamasapano operation doesn’t seem to have any plans to get President Benigno Aquino III to submit his affidavit on the clash that ended in tragedy for the Special Action Force. This became apparent on Tuesday, as the PNP spokesperson, Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo, quoted the BOI as saying they “can proceed with the pre-investigation they’re doing, and finalize their report, even without the statement” of President Aquino. “[The BOI] didn’t emphasize they needed it,” Cerbo said, quoting the BOI head, Director Benjamin Magalong, the chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. Cerbo pointed out that the BOI could just use the President’s speeches regarding the Mamasapano operation in its report. “That’s not hearsay. That really came from the President,” Cerbo said. “Is the word of the President, addressed to the public, not enough?”  READ MORE...

ALSO: PNP BOI panel unfazed by PNoy's speech on Mamasapano


Board of Inquiry head, Police Director Benjamin Magalong, is set to submit the panel's report on the Mamasapano incident to Philippine National Police officer in charge Leonardo Espina. 
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III's speech last Monday did not affect any of the findings of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) Board of Inquiry (BOI) on the Mamasapano incident, the panel head said on Thursday. BOI head Police Director Benjamin Magalong said the panel members were surprised when the president narrated last Monday how sacked Special Action Force chief Getulio Napenas fooled him on the operation to capture Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hin, also known as Marwan. "Absolutely, it has nothing to do with that (Presiden't speech).Na surprise nga kami... pero walang pumigil sa aming resolve na alamin ang katotohanan. Walang pressure sa amin, walang distraction," Magalong told reporters during an interview. READ ON....

ALSO STANDARD EDITORIAL: Blaming Leo
[What a cunning, diabolical man Napenas must be...]


What must it be like to be one Getulio Napeñas, the former chief of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police, who has the power to make a fool out of a sitting Philippine president?  President Benigno Aquino III said in a speech before a coterie of religious leaders on Monday: “Binola nya ako!” referring to Napeñas’ supposed assurances that all was well on the ground in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25. Forty-four SAF commandos were killed in that operation. What a cunning, diabolical man Napenas must be. So intimidating is a man who could fool the President that the public could not reconcile him with the one it saw in the Senate and House hearings a few days after the death of the 44. The Napeñas who attended those hearings shed tears for his men, was unassuming and straightforward as he told his story, and admitted he was under the impression that his former boss, PNP Director General Alan Purisima, was in charge. READ ON......


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Bloody Mamasapano raid was Aquino’s fault, says Napeñas camp


President Benigno Aquino III and Special Action Force (SAF) chief Director Getulio Napeñas Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, MARCH 16, 2015 (INQUIRER) Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet ―The camp of embattled Special Action Force (SAF) chief Director Getulio Napeñas Jr. broke its silence a day after President Benigno Aquino III blamed him anew for the botched Mamasapano operation.

Atty. Vitaliano Aguirre, the legal counsel of Napeñas, said that the blunders in the operation, which killed 44 police commandos, 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and five civilians, were the President’s fault as he authorized then suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima to lead the raid.

“Ang unang-unang katanungan diyan ay bakit pinayagan niya (Aquino) na ang mangasiwa sa napakaselan na operasyon ay isang suspendidong chief ng PNP? Sa palagay ko sa kautusang iyan, sa nangyaring iyan, diyan nagsimula ang lahat,” Aguirre said in an interview which aired on GMA News TV’s “News To Go” on Tuesday.

(The first question that needs to be asked is why did he (Aquino) allow a suspended PNP chief to lead a sensitive operation? I think that decision was the one that triggered everything.)

He also hit Aquino and Purisima for skirting responsibility on the mission to arrest Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Binhir alias Marwan and his Filipino henchman Basit Usman.

“Binigyan niya ng kapangyarihan at karapatan sa isang maselang operasyon si Gen. (Alan) Purisima. Bakit kahapon ay hindi man lang binanggit ang naging papel ni Gen. Purisima? Bakit walang responsibility si Gen. Purisima? Bakit walang responsibility ang pangulo sa pangyayaring ito?” Aguirre further said.

(He (Aquino) gave the authority and right to lead a sensitive operation to Gen. Purisima. Why didn’t he divulge yesterday the involvement of Purisima? Why is Gen. Purisima not claiming responsibility? Why is the President not claiming responsibility for this operation?)

BOI probe findings compromised?

Meanwhile, the camp of the beleaguered police officer believes that the findings of the investigation of the Board of Inquiry (BOI) have been compromised by the remarks of the President against Napeñas.

“Hindi namin akalain na ibabagsak sa kanya ang lahat ng sisi samantalang ang BOI report ay hindi pa naman lumalabas. Ngayon, ano pa ba ang magagawa ng BOI? Maaari pa ba nilang salungatin pa ang stand ng pangulo na siya (Napeñas) ang may kasalanan ng lahat? ‘Yan ang malaking katanungan. At sana magawa ng BOI ang kanyang katungkulan na kapani-paniwala.

In a prayer gathering held at Malacañang on Monday, Aquino said that it was Napeñas who turned the Mamasapano operation into “mission impossible.” He also hit the beleaguered police officer for failing to coordinate with the military.


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Napeñas camp: Aquino should answer for Purisima's actions By Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated March 10, 2015 - 3:01pm


In this February 2015 file photo, Chief Superintendent Getulio Nepeñas, relieved commander of the police Special Action Force, answers questions in a Senate investigation into the bungled police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. On Tuesday, Nepeñas' camp said Presdident Aquino allowed police chief Director General Alan Purisima to be involved despite his suspension. Senate PRIB/Joseph Vidal, File

MANILA, Philippines — The camp of sacked Special Action Force (SAF) commander Director Getulio Napeñas broke his silence on Tuesday after President Benigno Aquino III blamed him for the bungled operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 29.

Napeñas' lawyer, Vitaliano Aguirre II, said his client did not defy Aquino as he was just following an order from then suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima.

In his testimony at the Senate, Napeñas claimed that Purisima told him not to bother coordinating with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

"Maniniwala ka pa na isang heneral ng isang unit lang ng kapulisan ay maaaring hindi sumunod sa kautusan ng pangulo?" Aguirre said in a phone patch interview on GMA Network's News To Go.

Napeñas believed Purisima was relaying an order from Aquino. He testified at the Senate that the President and his long-time friend, Purisima, met behind closed doors on January 9 after Napeñas and intelligence director Senior Superintendent Fernando Mendez gave a briefing on the planned arrest of international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, weeks before the encounter that killed 44 SAF troopers.

Aguirre observed that Aquino did not explain why he allowed Purisima to work on the operation despite being suspended by the Ombudsman.

"Ang unang unang katanungan diyan ay, bakit ang pinangasiwa [ni President Aquino] ng operasyong napaka-selang ito ay ang suspindidong chief PNP?" the lawyer said. "Palagay ko sa kautusang 'yan, sa nangyaring 'yan, 'yan ang nagsimula ang lahat."

Roxas and Espina were not invited to the briefing.

RELATED: 'Don't tell Mar,' Napeñas quotes Purisima

Aguirre said that Aquino, who claims having told Napeñas to inform the military, Roxas and Espina, could have asked for the two ranking security officers to join the meeting.

"Kung talagang inutusan niya si General Napeñas na i-coordinate ang dalawang opisyal na ito, bakit hindi siya mismo ang nagpatawag nang nakita niya magkakaroon ng briefing? [Bakit hindi niya tinanong,] 'O ba't wala dito si General Espina, ba't wala dito si Secretary Roxas?' Bakit hindi niya ipinatawag, sandaling-sandali lang naman ipatawag yun?," Aguirre noted.

Following advice of his peers at the PNP, Napeñas had long avoided answering questions from the media. Aguirre said Aquino's assertions on Monday putting all the blame on his client prompted the camp to speak up.

"Kahit minsan, hindi kami nagpa-interview sa ano mang sangay ng media ... Pero nang mangyari ito kahapon na wala nang [ibang] sinisisi si Pangulong Aquino kundi si General Napeñas, sabi ko kay General Napeñas na siguro naman time na nating magsalita."

Aquino accused Napeñas of lacking professionalism, being unrealistic and giving him wrong information on the high-profile mission.

"Maliwanag sa'kin, binola niya ako. Ngayon ano ang responsibilidad ko in this point in time?" Aquino said. ..


GMA NEWS NETWORK

Fallen 44 kin to PNoy: Why blame Napeñas? March 10, 2015 6:05pm


Kin of Fallen 44 refutes PNoy's blame on Napeñas. Families and relatives of the 44 PNP-SAF commandos killed in the January 25 Mamasapano incident appear before a briefing with members of the House minority bloc on Tuesday, March 10. The relatives said the blame should not stop on relieved Special Action Force commander Director Getulio Napeñas Jr. Xianne Arcangel

Families of the police commandos who died in the Mamasapano "misencounter" expressed doubt about President Benigno Aquino III's pronouncements on Monday indicating that former Special Action Force chief Director Getulio Napeñas was to blame for the operation that resulted in the deaths of more than 60 people, including 44 members of the elite Philipine National Polic unit.

In a press conference at the House of Representatives Tuesday, the bereaved families of the police commandos urged Aquino to be more forthright as regards “Oplan Exodus,” the covert police operation that also resulted in the killing of suspected terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25.

Telly Sumbilla, mother of PO3 John Lloyd Sumbilla, was puzzled as to why Aquino was blaming the sacked SAF director for the operational lapses in “Oplan Exodus.”

“Paiba-iba ang testimonya niya (Aquino). 'Di na kami naniniwala. Ngayon sinisisi niya si Napeñas. Bakit, hindi ba kasama diyan si [resigned PNP chief Director-General Alan] Purisima?” Sumbilla said in the forum attended by both lawmakers and members of the media.

Asked at the sidelines of the event if she still trusted Aquino, Sumbilla said: “Meron, pero konting-konti na lang.”

Aquino on Tuesday enumerated the errors allegedly committed by Napeñas during the Mamasapano operation which resulted to the high number of casualties on the side of the PNP. The President said he was “fooled” by Napeñas by giving him wrong information about the operation.

By the President's own admission, Purisima, a personal friend of the Aquino's, continued to provide guidance to the mission to get Marwan even after he was suspended by the Ombudsman on graft charges.

No intention to spare Purisima

At a press briefing, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino had no intention not to mention Purisima in his narration of events related to the Mamasapano operation.

“Wala namang pagnanasa na huwag magbanggit ng dapat banggitin dahil lahat naman ng tinalakay ay dapat unawain in context,” Coloma told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

He added that Aquino already mentioned Purisima’s role in the botched operation during his past speeches and dialogues with leaders of the House of Representatives.

In a separate television interview, Coloma said the President was not skirting the issue of Purisima’s role in the Mamasapano mission.

'Topmost official'

A month ago, Aquino told lawmakers at a meeting in Malacañang that he felt he had been lied to by Purisima when he received inaccurate information that help was on the way for the beleaguered SAF troopers trapped in a gunfight with Moro rebels.

Purisima supposedly called the shots during the planning and implementation of “Oplan Exodus” even while he was suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Sumbilla said her son told her during their last exchange of text messages that the police operation he was going to take part in was ordered by the “topmost official.”

“Sa sinabi ng anak ko sa text, 'di siya pwedeng umuwi kasi utos ito ng kaitas-itaasan. Hindi lang sinabi ng anak ko na sa taas. Alam ko kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng kaitas-itaasan,” she said, without elaborating.

Felicias Nacino, mother of PO3 Nicky Nacino, Jr., said the kin of the slain SAF troopers wouldn’t want nothing else than to hear Aquino divulge all that he knows about the police operation.

“Sana magsabi na siya (Aquino) ng buong katotohanan. Sabihin niya kung ano ang tunay na nangyari simula’t sapul. ‘Yun ang kailangan naming marinig mula sa kanya,” she said.

Accountability, not resignation

Ruby Senin, sister of PO2 Romeo Senin II, believes it is impossible the President was not fully aware of the details on “Oplan Exodus” because it concerned high-profile targets.

“International issue ‘yun eh. Imposible namang si Napeñas at Purisima lang ang gumawa yan. Impossibleng hindi alam ng Presidente ‘yan eh may kinalaman ‘yan sa seguridad ng bansa,” she said.

Despite calling on Aquino to tell the truth about the Mamasapano incident, Nicky Nacino, whose son and namesake died in the clash, would not want Aquino to resign only because the families have yet to attain justice for their slain loved ones.

“Hindi pa siya (Aquino) kinakailangang mag-resign kasi wala pang linaw ‘yung imbestigasyon,” he said.

Nacino likewise said he isn’t in favor of removing Purisima from the police force because authorities might be unable to hold him accountable if he’s no longer a public official.

“Hindi kailangang tanggalin si Purisima dahil di pa kami naliliwanagan sa kung sino ang mga nagkasala. Baka pag natanggal siya, sarado na ang kaso,” he said.

Purisima has resigned following the fallout from the Mamasapano controversy but he remains the PNP's lone officer with the rank of director-general. —NB/JST, GMA News


GMA NEWS NETWORK

Napeñas’ lawyer denies sacked SAF chief ‘fooled’ PNoy March 10, 2015 7:53pm


The camp of Director Getulio Napeñas Jr. on Tuesday denied that the relieved Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) chief “fooled” President Benigno Aquino III by sending the latter wrong information about the botched operation in Mamasapano dubbed as “Oplan Exodus.”

In an exclusive interview with GMA News, Napeñas' lawyer Vitaliano Aguirre II showed a 23-page document submitted by his client to the PNP Board of Inquiry (BOI) tasked to investigate the January 25 Mamasapano encounter.

According to GMA News TV's “Quick Response Team”, the document contained all the text messages that Napeñas sent and received before, during and after the Mamasapano encounter.

Aguirre said this was just one of the many documents that Napeñas has submitted to the BOI to explain his side on what really transpired before, during and after the bloody encounter that cost the lives of 44 PNP Special Action Force commandos.

Aguirre said these documents would prove that Napeñas has been truthful to Aquino about the planning and execution of Oplan Exodus.

In a prayer gathering in Malacañang on Tuesday, Aquino enumerated the errors allegedly committed by Napeñas during the Mamasapano operation which resulted to the high number of casualties on the side of the PNP.

Aquino said he had instructed Napeñas to coordinate with the military days before the execution of the operation, contrary to the latter's claim that there was an agreement that the coordination should be “time on target” or when the SAF troopers were already in the target area.

Aquino also said that he was “fooled” by Napeñas by giving him wrong information about the operation.

Aguirre, however, said that Aquino should not blame Napeñas for not coordinating with the military as it has earlier been revealed by Napeñas that the then suspended PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima has told him after a briefing in Malacañang Palace that he will be the one to inform AFP chief of staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang about the operation.

Napeñas has also revealed ealier that Purisima told him to not to inform Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP acting officer-in-charge Deputy Director Leonardo Espina about the operation until the SAF men are already in the target area.

Aguirre said Aquino's claim that Napeñas fooled him by giving wrong information about Oplan Exodus bares no logic as his client would gain nothing by doing so.

“Sino lang naman ba si Napeñas para itong ganito kalaking operasyon ay solohin niya ang desisyon? Ito'y alam ng kanyang superior, although suspendido pero siya (Purisima) ang namamahala. The President was also briefed of this mission,” Aguirre said.

Aguirre admitted that Napeñas was hurt by Aquino's pronouncements on Tuesday.

“Masakit na masakit yun kay Napeñas, yun sinasabi na binola siya (Aquino) o sinolo niya ang desisyon, e hindi naman ganun ang nangyari,” Aguirre said.

Aguirre also slammed Aquino for failing to cite the participation and the supposed lapses of Purisima in the botched operation instead of putting all the blame on Napeñas.

“Bakit kahapon ay hindi man lang nabanggit ng ating Pangulo kung ano ang naging role ni General Purisima at saka yung liability ni General Purisima? Bakit ang solong pinananagot niya ay si Napeñas?,” Aguirre said.

“Ang kitang kita ni Napeñas ay ang pinagkakatiwalaan niya at pinamamahala niya bilang head ng operation ay si General Purisima,” Aguirre added. —Elizabeth Marcelo/NB, GMA News


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PNP probers not keen on getting Aquino’s affidavit on Mamasapano Jaymee T. Gamil @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:30 AM | Wednesday, March 11th, 2015


PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police board of inquiry (BOI) looking into the Mamasapano operation doesn’t seem to have any plans to get President Benigno Aquino III to submit his affidavit on the clash that ended in tragedy for the Special Action Force.

This became apparent on Tuesday, as the PNP spokesperson, Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo, quoted the BOI as saying they “can proceed with the pre-investigation they’re doing, and finalize their report, even without the statement” of President Aquino.

“[The BOI] didn’t emphasize they needed it,” Cerbo said, quoting the BOI head, Director Benjamin Magalong, the chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

Cerbo pointed out that the BOI could just use the President’s speeches regarding the Mamasapano operation in its report.

“That’s not hearsay. That really came from the President,” Cerbo said. “Is the word of the President, addressed to the public, not enough?”

Mr. Aquino has been facing intense public criticism for his apparent refusal to take responsibility for the botched operation on Jan. 25 to capture international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias “Marwan,” which left 44 Special Action Force (SAF) members dead.

Mr. Aquino is also being criticized for coordinating the operation with then suspended PNP Director General Alan Purisima.

In a speech on Monday, Mr. Aquino pinned the blame on SAF Director Getulio Napeñas, who has been sacked as SAF commander. The President accused Napeñas of “fooling” him into thinking he had followed his instruction to coordinate with the military about the covert operation, and about the dire situation on the ground.

The BOI sought to interview the President about the Mamasapano operation but had not received feedback from him as of Tuesday, two days before it was set to release its report. The original deadline for the report’s submission was on Monday, but then the BOI asked for a 72-hour extension.

Cerbo downplayed the significance of the President’s affidavit.

“It is good if we have [the President’s] affidavit, but it’s already clear from [Magalong’s] earlier statements that [the BOI] has enough information. From what they have, it is already clear what happened in Mamasapano. They have already talked to more than 400 resource persons,” Cerbo pointed out.

Cerbo also pointed out that the President’s participation in the planning could be pieced together using Purisima’s submitted statement to the BOI.

“The President never hid the coordination between Purisima and him. He didn’t hide the interaction, the SMS exchanges. That was laid out in the investigation,” Cerbo said.

Cerbo denied that the BOI was being swayed by Mr. Aquino’s “influence,” hence, the delay. “Magalong said he was asking for it because he is after the quality of the report. He’s putting a premium on completeness, and giving a report that will answer all questions,” Cerbo said.

The PNP spokesperson said he didn’t see the President’s statements preempting or influencing the BOI. “The President’s statements and earlier pronouncements have been consistent,” he said.

Cerbo also assured the public of Magalong’s “conviction to reveal what happened in the Mamasapano clash.”

“[Magalong] will not risk his service reputation, his integrity, and the name of his organization… because of undue pressure. He will stand for what he believes to be right,” Cerbo said.


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BOI panel unfazed by PNoy's speech on Mamasapano By Dennis Carcamo (philstar.com) | Updated March 12, 2015 - 4:22pm


Board of Inquiry head, Police Director Benjamin Magalong, is set to submit the panel's report on the Mamasapano incident to Philippine National Police officer in charge Leonardo Espina.

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III's speech last Monday did not affect any of the findings of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) Board of Inquiry (BOI) on the Mamasapano incident, the panel head said on Thursday.

BOI head Police Director Benjamin Magalong said the panel members were surprised when the president narrated last Monday how sacked Special Action Force chief Getulio Napenas fooled him on the operation to capture Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hin, also known as Marwan.

"Absolutely, it has nothing to do with that (Presiden't speech).Na surprise nga kami... pero walang pumigil sa aming resolve na alamin ang katotohanan. Walang pressure sa amin, walang distraction," Magalong told reporters during an interview.

He also noted that there were no whitewash in the course of the fact-finding mission of the panel.

With the completion of the 120-page BOI report, Magalong said panel members can now sleep soundly, knowing that it has been transparent and truthful in their findings.

"Makakatulog kami nang maayos at least makakaharap kami sa tao na di kami nahihiya," the BOI head said.

Magalong said he is confident that Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas will also want the findings of the BOI be made public.

"May nag create sa amin at syempre sa pagbigay galang ka doon sa nag create at hindi kami basta basta maglalabas. Pero I believe that the SILG would also like the result of the investigation be out in the public," Magalong said.

He that the findings of the BOI report will be also be submitted to the PNP officer in charge Leonardo Espina and to the PNP's Doctrine and Human Resource Management and Development office.

"It will be a good material for training, for studying," Magalong said.

The BOI head said the panel prepared five sets of the report to be distributed to the several government agencies, including the Senate, Office of the Ombudsman, and Department of Justice.

The BOI report was already signed by the panel members. It will be submitted to Espina anytime today. ..


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Blaming Leo
[What a cunning, diabolical man Napenas must be...] By Manila Standard Today | Mar. 12, 2015 at 12:01am

What must it be like to be one Getulio Napeñas, the former chief of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police, who has the power to make a fool out of a sitting Philippine president?

President Benigno Aquino III said in a speech before a coterie of religious leaders on Monday: “Binola nya ako!” referring to Napeñas’ supposed assurances that all was well on the ground in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25. Forty-four SAF commandos were killed in that operation.

What a cunning, diabolical man Napenas must be.

So intimidating is a man who could fool the President that the public could not reconcile him with the one it saw in the Senate and House hearings a few days after the death of the 44. The Napeñas who attended those hearings shed tears for his men, was unassuming and straightforward as he told his story, and admitted he was under the impression that his former boss, PNP Director General Alan Purisima, was in charge.

It was not difficult to believe him. After all, Purisima, suspended by the Ombudsman at that time for graft and corruption charges, even called him to a meeting at President Aquino’s residence at Bahay Pangarap.

Now it seems Napeñas may have other things to cry about. He is being set up as the fall guy, with no less than Mr. Aquino himself shaming him as “tatanga-tanga,” and one who turned the mission into Mission Impossible. President Aquino said Napenas entertained “wishful thinking as opposed to reality” and threatened him with insubordination and other charges.

This is the same President whose phone was off that fateful morning and who idled away for precious hours before asking for more details of the operation.

This is the President who responds to a simple question through convoluted speech, who calls his critics attention seekers, and who presents himself as a one-man investigative body that crucified one man, kept silent about the glaring presence of his friend Purisima in the whole operation, and absolved himself of all responsibility for what happened in Maguindanao—even at the expense of admitting he was the type of leader who could be fooled.

This is the man who in 2010 successfully packaged himself as a beacon of righteousness, an enemy of the corrupt and the dishonest.

Still, our joke of a President may be correct on one thing about Napeñas, after all—that part about wishful thinking. Napeñas may have believed that his life would be fair, that he would be rewarded for his hard work, leadership and compassion for his men, and that his commander in chief is a man of integrity, a genuine leader.

At worst, this leader is a bald faced liar who will do anything to save his skin. At best, he is so incompetent that he would allow himself to be “misled” and “misinformed” and whine about it. So heaven help us.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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