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PNoy VIOLATED CHAIN OF COMMAND IN MAMASAPANO MISSION, SAYS BOI


PNoy The chain of command was violated when President Benigno Aquino III, then suspended PNP chief Director-General Alan Purisima and relieved Special Action Force director Director Getulio Napeñas planned and oversaw the execution of the Oplan Exodus, the mission to neutralize high-value targets in supposed Moro Islamic Liberation Front territory in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.   This was the top finding of the Board of Inquiry that Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II formed to investigate the incident that led to the killing of international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan but also caused the deaths of 44 police commandos in the hands of the MILF and its breakaway group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters on Jan. 25.   "The chain of the command in the PNP was violated. The President, the suspended CPNP Purisima and the former Director SAF Napeñas kept the information to themselves and deliberately failed to inform the OIC PNP and the SILG," the BOI said in its report. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Defective from the start, BOI calls Mamasapano mission


Roxas presents Mamasapano report to the public. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas presents the public with a copy of the PNP Board of Inquiry's comprehensive report on the Mamasapano clash at an official ceremony at Camp Crame, March 13. Roxas said a full copy of the report will be made available to the public online within the day. Amanda Fernandez
(UPDATED 3:45 p.m.) Oplan Exodus, the mission that eventually led to the Jan. 25 Mamasapano clash, "was defective from the very beginning," the PNP Board of Inquiry said in its report.   The BOI findings, released on Friday, said the mission, supposedly to serve arrest warrants against wanted international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and known bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman, "[could] never be executed effectively."   In its report's executive summary, the BOI primarily blamed the PNP's lack of coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and "the peace mechanism entities" in the turnout of the mission. READ ON...

ALSO PHILSTAR HEADLINE: It's Purisima's fault -- Mar Roxas


Roxas said Purisima supervised the operation and delegated tasks to SAF chief Director Getulio Napeñas, instead of passing the chain of command to PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina. PNP-PIO Twitter  MANILA, Philippines - Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II on Friday heaped the blame on former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima for the botched Mamasapano operation that killed 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) last January 25.    "The one with the primary responsibility is none other than suspended Director General Alan Purisima," Roxas said in a press conference following the Board of Inquiry's submission of its report on the incident.   Citing the report, Roxas said Purisima supervised the operation and delegated tasks to SAF chief Director Getulio Napeñas, instead of passing the chain of command to PNP officer-in-charge (OIC) Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina.   Roxas said the president recognized Purisima's suspension and ordered that Espina be informed about the operation.  "In all operations, Purisima was on top until he was suspended. PNoy ordered him to tell OIC Espina which he did not do," he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: BOI notes 'unusually long gap' in Purisima's transcript of SMS exchange with PNoy


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The Philippine National Police Board of Inquiry noted the "unusually long gap" in the exchange of text messages between President Benigno Aquino III and resigned PNP chief Dir. Gen. Alan Purisima on January 25, when the Mamasapano clash was taking place.   In its report released to the public on Friday, the BOI said Purisima refused to turn over his phone for investigation, submitting a transcript of his SMS exchanges with Aquino instead.  "The BOI also observed that there appears to be an unusually long gap or an absence of SMS exchange between PDG Purisima and the President after 11:38 a.m. and before 06:20 p.m.," the inquiry board said.   It added that they could not determine from the transcript whether the absence of SMS exchange between him (Purisima) and the President between those times "indicates an absence of communication between the two individuals during that period," or whether Purisima "did not include in the transcript their SMS exchanges for that period."  READ ON....

ALSO: PNoy to blame for coordinating with suspended Purisima – Napeñas lawyer


AGUIRRE II, NAPEÑAS  he camp of relieved Special Action Force commander P/Dir. Getulio Napeñas Jr. on Friday said President Benigno Aquino III, in the first place, should have not coordinated with suspended PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima on the January 25 Mamasapano operation.   In an interview aired on GMA News TV's "Quick Response Team", Napeñas' lawyer Vitaliano Aguirre II said there would not have been a problem if the President did not seek advice from a suspended official.   "Alam niyo nilagay nila si General Purisima para mamuno sa operasyon na 'yan," he said. "Ito ay nag-uugat sa paglalagay ng hindi naman authorized, at suspended PNP chief."   "Kung hindi nangyari 'yan, walang problema iyan sa lahat ng coordination, at lahat naman ay hindi kailanman sumuway sa coordination," he added Meanwhile, asked to comment on the Board of Inquiry report on the Mamasapano clash, Aguirre said they have yet to read the report, but he pointed out that the blame on the clash does not fall solely on Napeñas' shoulders.  "Unlike nung Lunes, maganda na dahil dispersed na ang blame," he said. "Hindi lang nagso-solo si General Napenas."    He was referring to Aquino's speech on Monday, when the President said Napeñas was to blame for the operation that resulted in the deaths of more than 60 people, including 44 members of the elite SAF. READ MORE...

ALSO FROM PHILSTAR: BOI report reinforces PNoy's liability on Mamasapano incident --- Senators


President Benigno Aquino III gestures in one of his national addresses on the January 29 operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, where 44 Special Action Force members were killed. File photo 
MANILA, Philippines - Senators on Friday expressed concern over the Board of Inquiry’s findings that no less than President Aquino broke the chain of command that contributed to the delay in the sending of reinforcements to the besieged 84th Seaborne and 55th Special Action Company (SAC) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25.   Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Juan Victor Ejercito, however, are leaving it to the President on how he will deal with the Filipino people in the wake of the chief executive's statements last Monday where he blamed sacked Special Action Force (SAF) chief Director Getulio Napenas for the debacle.    Oplan Exodus is the covert operation implemented by the SAF that led to the killing of Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, but at the cost of the lives of 44 SAF troopers.    “It reinforces what I've said all along. The confusion in coordination between the PNP and SAF and even the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) is because of the break in chain of command,” Marcos said. READ MORE...

ALSO PNoy at PMA rites: The Filipino people will continue what I started


110th PMA graduation rites 110th PMA graduation rites . SINAGLAHI Class of 2015 of the Philippine Military Academy forms long gray line during PMA's 110th graduation rites at Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City on March 15, 2015. GMA News (Updated 3:44 p.m.) The ones who will continue "what he started" when his term ends in 2016 will be the Filipino people, President Benigno Aquino III said in his speech at the Philippine Military Academy graduation rites of the "SINAGLAHI Class 2015" on Sunday. “Mayroong mga nagtatanong kung sino ang magpapatuloy ng ating magandang sinimulan? Walang iba kung di ang nagkakaisang sambayanan,” Aquino said as he led the academy's 110th commencement exercises in Baguio City. The President did not say a word about the controversial Mamasapano bloodbath that claimed the lives of 44 police officers last Jan. 25. Aquino is set to step down from the presidency in 2016. Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was also present at Sunday’s ceremony, has long expressed his intent to run for the country’s top post. The two leaders, however, belong to opposing political parties. In the same speech, Aquino stressed that the Filipino people have the right to choose the leader they want. “Ang taong bayan din ang magpapatuloy nitong transpormasyon, sa pagpili sa mga lider. Lahat ng ating nasimulan, parte pa lang ng tagumpay,” he said. READ FULL TEXT OF SPEECH...

ALSO: PMA valedictorian says ‘war is not the answer’
[“History reminds us that willingness to wage war is mankind’s greatest enemy. Now is an appropriate time to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for the country.”]


VALEDICTORIAN – President Aquino hands the Presidential Saber Award to 2LT Arwi Chiday Martinez for being the class valedictorian of the 172-member Sinaglahi (Sundalong Isinilang na may Angkang Galing at Lakas) Class of 2015 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in yesterday’s graduation ceremony at Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. (Zaldy Comanda) Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City — War is not the answer; those who think so, should think twice of the long-term consequences – words said by the valedictorian at yesterday’s 110th Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduation rites attended by President Aquino. In his valedictory address for PMA “Singlahi” Class of 2015, Arwi Chiday Martinez, said: “History reminds us that willingness to wage war is mankind’s greatest enemy. Now is an appropriate time to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for the country.”  READ ON.....
 


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PNoy violated chain of command in Mamasapano mission, says BOI


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MANILA, MARCH 16, 2015 (GMA NEWS NETWORK) By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA NewsMarch 13, 2015 2:51pm - The chain of command was violated when President Benigno Aquino III, then suspended PNP chief Director-General Alan Purisima and relieved Special Action Force director Director Getulio Napeñas planned and oversaw the execution of the Oplan Exodus, the mission to neutralize high-value targets in supposed Moro Islamic Liberation Front territory in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

This was the top finding of the Board of Inquiry that Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II formed to investigate the incident that led to the killing of international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan but also caused the deaths of 44 police commandos in the hands of the MILF and its breakaway group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters on Jan. 25.

"The chain of the command in the PNP was violated. The President, the suspended CPNP Purisima and the former Director SAF Napeñas kept the information to themselves and deliberately failed to inform the OIC PNP and the SILG," the BOI said in its report.

"The Chain of Command should be observed in running mission operations," it added.

The panel found that Aquino "bypassed the established PNP (Philippine National Police) Chain of Command" by dealing "directly" with sacked Special Action Force chief Dir. Getulio Napeñas Jr. instead of with the officer-in-charge Deputy Dir. Gen. Leonardo Espina.

"While the President has the prerogative to deal directly with any of his subordinates, the act of dealing with Napeñas instead of OIC-PNP Espina bypassed the established PNP Chain of Command," the BOI said.

"Under the Manual for PNP Fundamental Doctrine, the Chain of Command runs upward and downward. Such Manual requires the commander to discharge his responsibilities through a Chain of Command," it added.

Aquino, together with Napeñas and then-suspended Purisima "kept the information to themselves and deliberately failed to inform" Espina, as well as Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, it said.

Purisima has since resigned.

Malacañang deferred comment on the BOI's findings.

Undersecretary Abigail Valte said the President needed to read the full report.

'The President gave go-signal'

The BOI report said the President "gave the go-signal and allowed the execution of Oplan Exodus" after Napeñas presented the concept of operations to him.

Furthermore, it pointed out that Aquino "allowed the participation" of Purisima, who was serving a six-month preventive suspension.

During the presentation of the report on Friday, however, Roxas cleared the President of any liability in the incident, pinningthe blame on Purisima and Napeñas.

Roxas said Aquino "was just doing his job" when he ordered the neutralization of Malaysian bomber Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and Filipino bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman.

He added that the President "recognized that Purisima was suspended," thus an order to relay the mission to Espina. "Pero hindi nasunod ang kaniyang utos," Roxas said.

Although he acknowledged that Purisima delegated Napeñas to lead the mission, Roxas pointed out that Purisima was the higher ranking officer between the two.

"Siya ay four-star (general), ang head ng PNP. Siya ang nangasiwa ng lahat ng operasyon simula't simula pa lang... Ang supervision, ang quality control, ang pagsisiguro na tama ang trabaho ni Napeñas ay nasa kay Dir. Gen. Purisima," he said.

Oplan Exodus

According to the BOI, Oplan Exodus was approved by the President and implemented by suspended Purisima and Napeñas.

On Dec. 16, 2014, the Espina issued Special Order No. 9851 which directed suspended CPNP Purisima and other suspended PNP officers, to "cease and desist from performing the duties and functions of their respective offices during the pendency of [their respective cases filed by the Ombudsman] until its termination."

"Napeñas and suspended CPNP Purisima ignored the established PNP Chain of Command by excluding OIC-PNP Espina in the planning and execution of Oplan Exodus," the BOI said.

Napeñas and suspended CPNP also failed to inform Roxas and made no prior coordination with the AFP.

"The participation of the suspended CPNP in Oplan Exodus was carried out with the knowledge of the President. Records revealed instances when the suspended CPNP met with the President and Napeñas to discuss Oplan Exodus; and communicated with the President via SMS messages regarding the execution of Oplan Exodus on January 25, 2015," the BOI said.

"Records also show that suspended CPNP Purisima failed to deliver his assurances to coordinate with the AFP. At a crucial stage of the crisis, the suspended CPNP Purisima provided inaccurate information from an unofficial source, which further jeopardized the situation of the 55th SAC and 84th Seaborne in Mamasapano," it added. —with a report from Amanda Fernandez/NB, GMA News

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BOI report: PNoy, Purisima, nilabag ang PNP chain of command sa Mamasapano mission March 13, 2015 5:57pm 18 10 0 31 Tags: Mamasapano clash

Hindi umano nasunod ang chain of command ng Philippine National Police sa nangyaring pag-uusap nina Pangulong Benigno Aquino III, noo'y suspindidong PNP chief Director-General Alan Purisima at ang inalis na Special Action Force director na si Director Getulio Napeñas, nang planuhin at isagawa ang Oplan Exodus, ang misyon para tugisin ang "high-value targets" sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

BASAHIN: Kaninong Mamasapano report ang dapat paniwalaan?

Ito ang pangunahing lumitaw sa resulta ng isinagawang imbestigasyon ng Board of Inquiry (BOI) na binuo ni Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II para alamin ang katotohanan sa nangyaring operasyon na ikinasawi sa target ng operasyon na teroristang si Zulkifli bin Hir, alyas Marwan, gayundin ng 44 police commandos, 18 na miyembro ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at limang sibilyan.

Bukod sa MILF, nakalaban din ng SAF troopers sa Mamasapano noong Enero 25, ang mga miyembro ng Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, at umano'y mga armadong grupo.

"The chain of the command in the PNP was violated. The President, the suspended CPNP Purisima and the former Director SAF Napeñas kept the information to themselves and deliberately failed to inform the OIC PNP and the SILG," nakasaad sa BOI report.

"The Chain of Command should be observed in running mission operations," dagdag nito.

Inihayag sa ulat na lumitaw na hindi sinunod ni Aquino ang "established PNP Chain of Command" nang direkta itong makipag-ugnayan kay Napeñas sa halip na kay PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Dir. Gen. Leonardo Espina.

"While the President has the prerogative to deal directly with any of his subordinates, the act of dealing with Napeñas instead of OIC-PNP Espina bypassed the established PNP Chain of Command," ayon sa BOI report.

"Under the Manual for PNP Fundamental Doctrine, the Chain of Command runs upward and downward. Such Manual requires the commander to discharge his responsibilities through a Chain of Command," dagdag nito.

Nakasaad din sa ulat na inilihim nina Aquino, Napeñas at suspindong si Purisima ang mga impormasyon tungkol sa misyon at sadyang hindi ipinalaam kina Espina at maging kay Roxas.

Tumanggi muna ang Malacañang na magbigay ng pahayag tungkol sa laman ng BOI report dahil hindi pa raw ito nababasa ng pangulo, ayon kay Undersecretary Abigail Valte.

Umaabot sa 130 pahina ang BIO report.

'Misyon, may go-signal ni PNoy'

Nakasaad din sa BOI report na may "go-signal" ni Aquino na isagawa ang Oplan Exodus matapos ipresenta ni Napeñas ang konsepto ng operasyon.

Lumilitaw din sa ulat na may pahintulot ni Aquino ang partisipasyon ni Purisima, kahit suspindido ito ng anim na buwan dahil sa kinakaharap na reklamong katiwalian.

Nitong Biyernes, iprinesenta ni Roxas sa publiko ang laman ng BIO report, at iginiit na walang pananagutan si Aquino sa nangyaring aberya sa misyon na ikinasawi ng 44 na SAF troopers.

Sa halip, ibinato ni Roxas kina Purisima at Napeñas ang sisi.

Ayon kay Roxas, ginawa lang ni Aquino ang trabaho nito nang iutos niya na dakpin sina Marwan at Filipino bomb-maker na si Abdul Basit Usman.

Dagdag pa ng kalihim, kinikilala ni Aquino ang suspensiyon ni Purisima kaya may atas ito na ipaalam kay Espina ang gagawing misyon.

"Pero hindi nasunod ang kaniyang utos," paliwanag ni Roxas.

Binigyan-diin pa ni Roxas ang naging papel si Purisima bilang mas mataas na opisyal kay Napeñas; "Siya (Purisma) ay four-star (general), ang head ng PNP. Siya ang nangasiwa ng lahat ng operasyon simula't simula pa lang... Ang supervision, ang quality control, ang pagsisiguro na tama ang trabaho ni Napeñas ay nasa kay Dir. Gen. Purisima."

Oplan Exodus

Ayon sa BOI report, ang Oplan Exodus ay aprubado ni Aquino at ipinatupad nina Purisima at Napeñas.

Noong Dec. 16, 2014, nagpalabas si Espina ng Special Order No. 9851 na nag-aatas sa suspindidong CPNP Purisima at iba pang suspindidong PNP officers na, "to cease and desist from performing the duties and functions of their respective offices during the pendency of [their respective cases filed by the Ombudsman] until its termination."

"Napeñas and suspended CPNP Purisima ignored the established PNP Chain of Command by excluding OIC-PNP Espina in the planning and execution of Oplan Exodus," ayon sa BOI.

Nabigo rin umano sina Napeñas at Purisima na ipaalam kay Roxas ang misyon, at magkaroon ng tamang koordinasyon sa AFP.

"The participation of the suspended CPNP (Purisima) in Oplan Exodus was carried out with the knowledge of the President. Records revealed instances when the suspended CPNP met with the President and Napeñas to discuss Oplan Exodus; and communicated with the President via SMS messages regarding the execution of Oplan Exodus on January 25, 2015," nakasaad sa BOI report.

"Records also show that suspended CPNP Purisima failed to deliver his assurances to coordinate with the AFP. At a crucial stage of the crisis, the suspended CPNP Purisima provided inaccurate information from an unofficial source, which further jeopardized the situation of the 55th SAC and 84th Seaborne in Mamasapano," dagdag pa sa ulat. — FRJ, GMA News


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Defective from the start, BOI calls Mamasapano mission By ROSE-AN-JESSICA DIOQUINO, GMA NewsMarch 13, 2015 2:35pm


Roxas presents Mamasapano report to the public. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas presents the public with a copy of the PNP Board of Inquiry's comprehensive report on the Mamasapano clash at an official ceremony at Camp Crame, March 13. Roxas said a full copy of the report will be made available to the public online within the day. Amanda Fernandez

(UPDATED 3:45 p.m.) Oplan Exodus, the mission that eventually led to the Jan. 25 Mamasapano clash, "was defective from the very beginning," the PNP Board of Inquiry said in its report.

The BOI findings, released on Friday, said the mission, supposedly to serve arrest warrants against wanted international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and known bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman, "[could] never be executed effectively."

In its report's executive summary, the BOI primarily blamed the PNP's lack of coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and "the peace mechanism entities" in the turnout of the mission.

It also cited the following factors:

* troop movement was mismanaged

* troops failed to occupy their positions

* there was lack of effective communication among the operating troops

* command and control was ineffective.

According to the BOI, the mission planning of Oplan Exodus was defective due to: (1) poor analysis of the area of operation; (2) unrealistic assumptions; (3) poor intelligence estimate; (4) absence of abort criteria; (5) lack of flexibility in its CONOPS; (6) inappropriate application of TOT; and (7) absence of prior coordination with the AFP and AHJAG

The following factors affected the execution of CONOPS: (1) mismanaged movement plan from staging area to Vehicle Drop-Off Point; (2) failure to occupy the designated way points; (3) ineffective communication system among the operating troops; (4) unfamiliarity with the terrain in the area of operation; (5) non-adherence to operational/tactical Standard Operating Procedures; (6) lack of situational awareness among commanders; and (6) breakdown in the command and control.

Time-on-target not acceptable

The BOI report said time-on-target coordination, a plan proposed by and eventually carried out by sacked PNP Special Action Force chief Dir. Getulio Napeñas Jr., "[did] not conform to the established and acceptable operational concepts and protocols of the PNP."

The said concept "is applicable only to ordinary police operations," the report said, adding: "Even AFP commanders asserted that the TOT (time-on-target) concept is alien to the Armed Forces and runs counter to their established SOPs."

"It appears that Napeñas' primary consideration for adopting the TOT concept was operational security to reduce the risk of having Oplan Exodus compromised," the BOI said.

However, Napeñas failed to consider the consequences of the TOT concept vis-a-vis the required mitigating actions. He appeared to have relied heavily on the verbal commitment of the suspended (PNP chief Dir. Gen. Alan) Purisima to arrange for the needed AFP support."

AFP, peace mechanism

It further said that artillery fire support "was not delivered when needed" because the AFP took the peace process into consideration.

"AFP demanded prior coordination to enable them to react and deliver the requested support," it said. "Nonetheless, the AFP sent infantry and mechanized units to reinforce the SAF. White phosphorus artillery rounds were fired late in the afternoon, However, by then, all of the 55th SAC (Special Action Company) lay dead except for one who was able to escape."

It also pointed out that peace process mechanisms "were not observed" during both planning and execution of the mission.

It said that the peace mechanism, "when tapped by AFP, did their best to reinstate the ceasefire" between government troops and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

However, it was delayed by participation of other armed groups such as the MILF splinter group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and other armed civilians.

'Defective' equipment

The BOI report also pointed out defects in some of the equipment used by the SAF troopers during the mission and subsequent clash.

"Some of the ordnance for M203 were defective. Although there were sufficient rounds of ammunition for each operating troop, the overwhelming strength of the enemy caused the troops to run out of ammunition," it said.

It added that the Motorola handheld radios "failed when submerged in water" as it was "not designed for military-type of operations." It also had short battery life "because of wear and tear."

It also said that the mobile phones used as a primary mode of communication during the operation eventually "fell short of what were needed to relay real-time information and coordination of activities to and from the chain of command."

It added that the 55th SAC and the 84th Seaborne lost contact via radio "during the crucial moments" of the operation, when they "had to rely on distinctive gunfire to approximate each other's location." —NB, GMA News


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Mar: It's Purisima's fault By Jovan Cerda (philstar.com) | Updated March 13, 2015 - 12:29pm 35 390 googleplus0 0


Roxas said Purisima supervised the operation and delegated tasks to SAF chief Director Getulio Napeñas, instead of passing the chain of command to PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina. PNP-PIO Twitter

MANILA, Philippines - Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II on Friday heaped the blame on former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima for the botched Mamasapano operation that killed 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) last January 25.

"The one with the primary responsibility is none other than suspended Director General Alan Purisima," Roxas said in a press conference following the Board of Inquiry's submission of its report on the incident.

Citing the report, Roxas said Purisima supervised the operation and delegated tasks to SAF chief Director Getulio Napeñas, instead of passing the chain of command to PNP officer-in-charge (OIC) Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina.

Roxas said the president recognized Purisima's suspension and ordered that Espina be informed about the operation.

"In all operations, Purisima was on top until he was suspended. PNoy ordered him to tell OIC Espina which he did not do," he said.

When Oplan Exodus was carried out, Purisima was under preventive suspension over an allegedly anomalous contract between a courier service and the PNP in 2011.

Roxas added that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was unable to send reinforcements to the SAF troops because they were kept in the dark, even if President Benigno S. Aquino III ordered for their help in the mission.

"The president as commander-in-chief gave guidance to coordinate with AFP. They have the capability to retaliate," he said.

Roxas added that it is no longer the responsibility of the president to confirm if those who were supposed to inform did what they were asked to do.

Oplan Exodus was the PNP-SAF's mission with the objective to neutralize Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alis Marwan and his local cohort Basit Usman. Marwan was killed in the operation while Usman is still on the loose.

The botched operation broke the ceasefire between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and had lawmakers withdrawing support for the Bangsamoro Basic Law, a draft measure that will create a region replacing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. ..


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BOI notes 'unusually long gap' in Purisima's transcript of SMS exchange with PNoy By ROSE-AN JESSICA DIOQUINO,GMA NewsMarch 13, 2015 6:28pm


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The Philippine National Police Board of Inquiry noted the "unusually long gap" in the exchange of text messages between President Benigno Aquino III and resigned PNP chief Dir. Gen. Alan Purisima on January 25, when the Mamasapano clash was taking place.

In its report released to the public on Friday, the BOI said Purisima refused to turn over his phone for investigation, submitting a transcript of his SMS exchanges with Aquino instead.

"The BOI also observed that there appears to be an unusually long gap or an absence of SMS exchange between PDG Purisima and the President after 11:38 a.m. and before 06:20 p.m.," the inquiry board said.

It added that they could not determine from the transcript whether the absence of SMS exchange between him (Purisima) and the President between those times "indicates an absence of communication between the two individuals during that period," or whether Purisima "did not include in the transcript their SMS exchanges for that period."

The BOI said the transcript Purisima submitted "did not consistently indicate the time" for each message, with only five having a time stamp.

It added that they could not determine from the transcript "if the 11 messages... were the only SMS exchanges" between the two on that day."

The inquiry board listed the transcript of this exchange as one of the limitations of their report.

Early updates

The transcript of text messages, which Purisima also submitted to the Senate panel investigating on the Mamasapano clash, indicated that he sent the first message to Aquino at 5:45 a.m., informing the president that Marwan was killed when Special Action Force troopers implemented Oplan Exodus.

Read: SMS exchange between PNoy and Ex-PNP chief Purisima on Mamasapano clash

In the message, he mentioned that Marwan's remains were left behind "but pictures were taken," adding that the troopers "are not withdrawal phase and progress report to follow."

The said message came even before top security officials found out about the operation. Purisima, who eventually resigned as PNP chief, was then serving a six-month preventive suspension.

Aquino replied to him nearly two hours later, at 7:36 a.m., asking, "Why was it left behind? The other two targets?"

An apparent confusion was seen in the exchange as Purisima clarified to Aquino that the SAF commandos were able to neutralize M1, referring to wanted international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, before the group of known bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman "retaliated" some 100 meters away.

The President also asked Purisima about why the SAF officers were not able to reach Usman if 160 SAF troopers "were directly involved in this operation," while they were dealing with 15 to 20 armed elements.

During the said exchange, Purisima told the President that the commandos were already "supported" by the military, which Western Mindanao Command head Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero later clarified and in effect denied.

The next message that had a time stamp was sent by Aquino at 10:16 a.m., which said, "Basit should not get away." Purisima replied to him at 11:38 a.m. that he already gave advise on it, "but as of the moment, the main effort is withdrawing."

The last message in the transcript came from Purisima, who told Aquino at 6:20 p.m. that the operating elements "suffered heavy casualties" and "were reportedly overrun."

Telco incapable of tracking

In response of a Senate subpoena for the text messages, Smart Communications has claimed it was incapable of tracking the contents of the exchange between Aquino and Purisima.

It added that it could only release the time log of the controversial text messages, provided that a court order or written consent from the subscriber is given.

Earlier, law experts interviewed by GMA News Online said the Senate could only subpoena text messages between the two officials that were already made public. —JST, GMA News


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PNoy to blame for coordinating with suspended Purisima – Napeñas lawyer March 13, 2015 7:43pm 0 0 0 New


AGUIRRE II, NAPEÑAS

The camp of relieved Special Action Force commander P/Dir. Getulio Napeñas Jr. on Friday said President Benigno Aquino III, in the first place, should have not coordinated with suspended PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima on the January 25 Mamasapano operation.

In an interview aired on GMA News TV's "Quick Response Team", Napeñas' lawyer Vitaliano Aguirre II said there would not have been a problem if the President did not seek advice from a suspended official.

"Alam niyo nilagay nila si General Purisima para mamuno sa operasyon na 'yan," he said. "Ito ay nag-uugat sa paglalagay ng hindi naman authorized, at suspended PNP chief."

"Kung hindi nangyari 'yan, walang problema iyan sa lahat ng coordination, at lahat naman ay hindi kailanman sumuway sa coordination," he added.

Meanwhile, asked to comment on the Board of Inquiry report on the Mamasapano clash, Aguirre said they have yet to read the report, but he pointed out that the blame on the clash does not fall solely on Napeñas' shoulders.

"Unlike nung Lunes, maganda na dahil dispersed na ang blame," he said. "Hindi lang nagso-solo si General Napenas."

He was referring to Aquino's speech on Monday, when the President said Napeñas was to blame for the operation that resulted in the deaths of more than 60 people, including 44 members of the elite SAF.

On Friday, during the turnover of a police report on the clash, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas pinned the blame on Purisima and Napeñas, whom he said did not follow Aquino's order to coordinate with the military on the operation.

"Ang atas ng pangulo na i-coordinate ito sa AFP ay hindi nasunod," he said. "Ang inaasahan nilang resbak ay hindi nakarating hanggang naubos na ang SAF." — Amanda Fernandez/JDS, GMA News


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Senators: BOI report reinforces PNoy's liability on Mamasapano incident By Christina Mendez (philstar.com) | Updated March 13, 2015 - 5:04pm


President Benigno Aquino III gestures in one of his national addresses on the January 29 operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, where 44 Special Action Force members were killed. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Senators on Friday expressed concern over the Board of Inquiry’s findings that no less than President Aquino broke the chain of command that contributed to the delay in the sending of reinforcements to the besieged 84th Seaborne and 55th Special Action Company (SAC) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25.

Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Juan Victor Ejercito, however, are leaving it to the President on how he will deal with the Filipino people in the wake of the chief executive's statements last Monday where he blamed sacked Special Action Force (SAF) chief Director Getulio Napenas for the debacle.

Oplan Exodus is the covert operation implemented by the SAF that led to the killing of Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, but at the cost of the lives of 44 SAF troopers.

“It reinforces what I've said all along. The confusion in coordination between the PNP and SAF and even the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) is because of the break in chain of command,” Marcos said.

“Again, why did the President do that. The Filipino public has long waited for that answer. This is what I meant that the President should step up,” said Marcos, chairman of the Senate committee on local government.

Marcos suspended the hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law until the truth on the Mamasapano incident has been uncovered.

Ejercito recognized that proper coordination would have been better had the right chain of command at the police force was followed.

“The mission started on the wrong foot because the chain of command was broken. How can there be a proper coordination when there is no chain of command? Unfortunately, it was the President himself who broke it,” Ejercito said.

Kudos to BOI

Former senator Panfilo Lacson pointed out that President Aquino broke the established chain of command of the PNP when he dealt directly with Napeñas and bypassed PNP officer in charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina during the planning and execution of Oplan Exodus, “not because he allowed Purisima to participate in the planning and execution of the oplan.”

Lacson said Purisima – being suspended then by the Ombudsman -- was not part of that chain during that time.

At the same time, Lacson congratulated the members of the BOI team for being able to come out with a credible report despite the limitations of the panel.

“Having said that, the BOI and all the people behind it must be commended by the Filipino people for doing a splendid job of coming out with the truth with utmost objectivity and conviction to finish their job to its logical conclusion, without fear or favor,” Lacson said.

Noting how the team dealt with President Aquino’s role as commander-in-chief in the implementation of "Exodus," Lacson commended the BOI for coming out with the report “no matter who may be subjected to possible criminal and administrative investigation that may ensue later using the materials and evidence gathered by the board as reference.“

“This, despite the limitations that are inherent to their mandate not to mention their situation, being active police officers whose careers may suffer on account of their findings,” said Lacson, a former police chief. ..


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PNoy at PMA rites: The Filipino people will continue what I started March 15, 2015 12:28pm


110th PMA graduation rites 110th PMA graduation rites . SINAGLAHI Class of 2015 of the Philippine Military Academy forms long gray line during PMA's 110th graduation rites at Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City on March 15, 2015. GMA News (Updated 3:44 p.m.)

The ones who will continue "what he started" when his term ends in 2016 will be the Filipino people, President Benigno Aquino III said in his speech at the Philippine Military Academy graduation rites of the "SINAGLAHI Class 2015" on Sunday.

“Mayroong mga nagtatanong kung sino ang magpapatuloy ng ating magandang sinimulan? Walang iba kung di ang nagkakaisang sambayanan,” Aquino said as he led the academy's 110th commencement exercises in Baguio City.

The President did not say a word about the controversial Mamasapano bloodbath that claimed the lives of 44 police officers last Jan. 25.

Aquino is set to step down from the presidency in 2016. Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was also present at Sunday’s ceremony, has long expressed his intent to run for the country’s top post. The two leaders, however, belong to opposing political parties.

In the same speech, Aquino stressed that the Filipino people have the right to choose the leader they want.

“Ang taong bayan din ang magpapatuloy nitong transpormasyon, sa pagpili sa mga lider. Lahat ng ating nasimulan, parte pa lang ng tagumpay,” he said.

READ PNoy Speech PMA 2015

Also present at the ceremony were Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr., and other ranking military officials.

Aquino: No second term

Yet while Aquino refused to name his preferred candidate, he acknowledged that some have asked him to run for a second term. Aquino, however, cautioned against the dangers of possibly running for another term.

“May mga nagmungkahi: Bakit di na lang ikaw muli? Ang tugon natin: Unang-una, hindi lang ako ang gumawa ng lahat ng ito. Kasama ko ang bawat disenteng Pilipino sa paggawa ng pagbabago. Pangalawa, bagaman nakita nating may benepisyo kung ako nga ang magpapatuloy, may kaakibat itong panganib,” Aquino said, referencing the Marcos regime.

“Baka dumating ang panahon na kapag bumaba na ako sa puwesto, isipin ng papalit sa akin na puwedeng panghabambuhay na siya sa katungkulan. Ayaw naman nating maulit ang nangyari sa ating kasaysayan na may namuno mula 1965 hanggang pinatalsik siya noong 1986,” Aquino said.

Section 4, Article VII of the 1987 Constitution states that: "The President shall not be eligible for any re-election. No person who has succeeded as President and has served as such for more than four years shall be qualified for election to the same office at any time."

Shining example

Meanwhile, Aquino also took the time to praise in particular a recent PMA graduate, 2nd Lt. Jerson Sanchez of the SIKLABDIWA class of 2014, challenging the 172 graduates of the 2015 class of SINAGLAHI to look to him as an example of what kind of officer to be.

Aquino detailed how Sanchez and his platoon managed to overpower communist rebels in Sarangani last month.

“Nakakabilib itong si Lieutenant Sanchez dahil wala pang isang taon mula nang magtapos siya ay pambihira na ang ipinamalas niyang angking lakas at galingsa pagtupad ng kanyang tungkulin. Noong ika-16 ng Pebrero, matapos ang ilang araw ng maigting na pagmanman at estratehikong pagkilos, inatake ng kanyang platoon ang mahigit-kumulang 30 miyembro ng NPA,” Aquino said, adding that although outnumbered, Sanchez’ platoon prevailed.

“Sana ay matumbasan o mahigitan ninyo ang ipinamalas ng inyong upperclassman na si Second Lieutenant Jerson Sanchez. Ang hamon sa inyong mga magsisipagtapos: Ipagpatuloy ang magandang nasimulan ng mga nauna sa inyo upang hindi masayang ang kanilang ginawang sakripisyo at malasakit sa bayan,” he said.

Aquino cautions opposition

The president also had a strong message for those who oppose his reform plans.

“Malinaw ang mensahe natin sa mga nasa kabilang panig ng ating agenda ng reporma: Kung handa kayong makipag-usap nang sinsero, bukas ang estado sa isang risonable at tapat na diyalogo. Pero kung patuloy ninyong ilalagay sa peligro ang sambayanan, hindi kami mag-aatubiling sagasaan kayo,” Aquino said.

Aquino also reiterated the administration’s commitment to taking care of Filipino soldiers in the form of multiple benefits and improvements to training facilities.

“Buo ang suporta [ng ating mga sundalo] sa ipinapatupad nating modernization program upang higit na paunlarin ang kakayahan ng mga sundalo na makapaglingkod sa ating mga Boss. Bukod pa rito, pinapangalagaan rin natin ang kanilang kapakanan at ng kanilang mga mahal sa buhay. Kabilang na dito ang mga housing unit na nailaan at naipamahagi na sa ating unipormadong hanay, ang pagsasaayos ng kanilang pension, at pagpapaunlad sa mga benepisyong kanilang natatanggap,” he said.

Graduates off to assigned units

Of the total 172 graduates from the SINAGLAHI Class, 16 are women and 156 are men.

Five of the Top 10 graduates are from Mindanao. Most of them are to be assigned to the Philippine Army.

The top 10 members of Sinag-Lahi are:

1. Arwi Martinez of Baguio City 2. Genesis Dizon of Zamboanga City 3. John Paul Bacsain of Pili, Camarines Sur 4. Paolo Dominic Regis of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro 5. Caroline Jhoy Ramirez Nacional of Maltum, Sarangani Province 6. John Denver Bambico of Naguilian, La Union 7. Jan Klyde Blair Danganan of Baguio City 8. Steven Tali of Zamboanga City 9. Brian Villanueva of General Santos City 10. Regeric Rex Fuentes of M’lang, North Cotabato

Assignments for the new graduates are: 92 to the Army, 45 to the Navy, and 35 to the Air Force. — Patricia Denise Chiu with a report from Xianne Arcangel/LBG/BM/JDS, GMA News


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PMA valedictorian says ‘war is not the answer’ by Zaldy Comanda March 16, 2015


VALEDICTORIAN – President Aquino hands the Presidential Saber Award to 2LT Arwi Chiday Martinez for being the class valedictorian of the 172-member Sinaglahi (Sundalong Isinilang na may Angkang Galing at Lakas) Class of 2015 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in yesterday’s graduation ceremony at Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. (Zaldy Comanda)

Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City — War is not the answer; those who think so, should think twice of the long-term consequences – words said by the valedictorian at yesterday’s 110th Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduation rites attended by President Aquino.

In his valedictory address for PMA “Singlahi” Class of 2015, Arwi Chiday Martinez, said: “History reminds us that willingness to wage war is mankind’s greatest enemy. Now is an appropriate time to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for the country.”

His message comes at a time when strife continues in many parts of Mindanao as the military went on an all-out offensive against the Bangsamoro Freedom Fighters (BIFF), following the encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that left 44 police commandos dead, and the government peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in near jeopardy.

As he recalled how from 19,265 aspirants in 2010 only 172 of them made it to graduation four years later, Martinez underscored: “Sa tunay ng mundo hindi pataasan ng grado ang lamang; hindi sa ranggo; sa labas ng kampong ito, katapatan at malasakit sa kapwa ang mahalaga (In the real world, higher grades don’t get you ahead; it’s not the rank; outside this camp, loyalty and compassion towards others is what’s important).”

Later speaking in the “Kankanaey” dialect, being a native of Benguet, Martinez said: “I am a proud Igorot. Let us continue to show what the Igorot are and who the Igorot are.”

At the start of the ceremony where Martinez received a medal for being class valedictorian, he approached his parents (Dancio and Lolita) after saying: “Kini mama ken daddy

Kayat ku nga ited daytoy nga medal ko kanyayo nga mangipakita iti panangayat ko kanyayo (To you mom and dad, I would like to give this medal to you as a sign of my love to both of you). Thank you for nurturing me.)

AQUINO LAUDS SOLDIERS

President Aquino addressed the graduates and the crowd, lauding the soldiers for their dedication to the country, not just in addressing the peace and order in the country but also international atrocities as and peace keepers and in helping during health emergencies and disaster.

He said there is no doubt the soldiers of the country and even the new graduates, who are members of “Sinaglahi” Class of 2015, will be as dedicated.

Aquino talked about the new facility — the PMA sports complex donated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) which was inauguratedon Saturday and the new firetruck, which will all be used by the cadets and the incoming ones, as training facilities which, further making the academy at par with the international military education.

He related what PMA Superintendent Oscar Lopez told him during the inauguration saying that when they were cadets, every morning, they use their helmet in fetching water from the firetruck – an important necessity, which they use to bathe, brush their teeth and even for drinking. This was due to the lack of water supply the academy had in the past.

With improvements and developments taking place, the academy’s supplies continued to improve.

These improvements, he said, lead to the quality of education that the PMA gives to the select breed of young people who have the desire to serve the country.

YOUNG LIEUTENANT CITED

The President also cited 1Lt. Jerson Sanchez, a member of PMA class 2014, platoon leader of the group of soldiers who engaged in a gun battle with rebels in Saranggani province, killing seven and seizing high powered firearms and explosives, also leading to the surrender of 11 other rebels.

He related that at first, Sanchez’ platoon was outnumbered, but they did not falter, they fought on, which caused the rebels numbering about 30 to disperse.

He said the likes of Sanchez are an example of the kind of young leaders we have in the Armed Forces.

He said, who would think that a rookie officer like Sanchez, who have not even been in the active service for a year would fight it out and lead to a big accomplishment for the country.

This kind of dedication of the soldiers the country should be taken into account by the rebels who continue to create atrocities in different parts of the country because our soldiers will not step back in its effort to attain the peace and progress we all are dreaming of.


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