ALL indications show that BS Aquino has a mental, psychological, psychiatric defect.
That he has the moral problem of being a compulsive liar has also been observed in the past—way before the Mamasapano Massacre.
His first big lies were about the growth of our economy. He claimed—and continues to claim—credit for the Gross Domestic Product rate of growth and the improving ratings being given to Philippine banks and the Philippine government by the credit rating companies. Yes, it was only when he became president that our country got investment-grade rating from Moody’s, Fitch and Standard and Poor’s. But the upward trajectory of our GDP growth had been set under the Macapahal-Arroyo presidency. And this was mainly due to our Bangko Sentral’s wise monetary and interest-rate policies and the unceasingly increasing amount of remittances from Overseas Filipino Workers to their families.
The OFW remittances keep increasing—even when times are bad here due to disasters or economic factors—because the OFWs, our overseas economic heroes, will never let their families suffer deprivation and hunger.
Aquino has displayed his being a compulsive liar more blatantly since the Mamasapano Massacre on January 25 in which 44 gallant PNP-SAF commandos were killed, some brutally, by the combined armies of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and it’s supposed-to-be break-away group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. Many suspect that the BIFF is really just a ploy of the MILF leadership to maintain a menacing and strong anti-government army while talking peace and pretending to decommission its regular soldiers.
Two weeks and two days ago, BS Aquino said that he was lied to by his best friend, Alan Purisima, the suspended Chief of the PNP (the Ombudsman had him suspended for corruption issues). Aquino was blaming Purisima for not telling him the truth about the grave dangers Oplan Exodus was placing the PNP-SAF companies into. But Purisima had to contradict Aquino, through his lawyer, who said that he (Purisima) had done everything that should be done according to the plan and that he had not lied to Aquino.
Then on Monday, at the live TV production in Malacañang that was labeled a Prayer Gathering, Aquino spoke lengthily about being lied to, this time not by Purisima but by the sacked former PNP-SAF Director, General Getulio Napeñas. Aquino said, in effect, that Napeñas had made him believe all was well with the mission to capture or kill the Malaysian terrorist bomber and bombing expert Marwan and his Filipino Muslim partner Basit Usman. He also said that if the dangers were so bad then Napeñas had performed incompetently as commander of the SAF companies because he should have aborted the mission. That does not clear Aquino, however, of failing to send reinforcement to the beleaguered and doomed SAF commandos.
These new claims that BS Aquino made on Monday, while leaders of Evangelical church groups were with him in Malacañang, were too convoluted and different from what he had been saying before. The claims contradicted testimonies and copies of text messages that had been made public during the House and Senate hearings.
As a result senators and congressmen have been dismayed by BS Aquino’s blabbering on Monday.
More painful and bitter were the comments made by widows, parents, children and other relatives of our Fallen 44 SAF Heroes yesterday at the Batasang Pambansa. They had gone to the Batasan to join 94 representatives in calling on the House leadership to resume the terminated hearings on the Mamasapano tragedy. Some of them said BS Aquino in his Monday speech had “shamelessly lied about what really happened.”
“We don’t believe that Napeñas would act all by himself. They [SAF 44] were going after an international terrorist. Somebody was behind him. It would be impossible that the President would not know about this [operation]because this concerns our national security,” Ruby Senin, widow of the late PO2 Romeo Valles Senin II, said in a press Conference at the Batasan
“Magsabi lang po siya (si Presidente) ng totoo. . . ’yung buong katotohanan.
Ayaw po namin ‘yung pagtuturuan. Para naman silang mga bata na turo ng turo . . . [We just want the President to tell the truth…the whole truth. We can’t stand the finger pointing. They are like children who love to point at each other when they do something wrong’,” Felicitas Nacino, mother of the late SAF commando Nicky Nacino of Isabela, said as fought back tears.
“Hindi po kami naniniwala sa Presidente. Paiba iba po ang sinasabi niya. Noon sabi niya hindi niya alam. Tapos naging alam niya pero di siya sinunod ni Napeñas . . . at kasama pa si Purisima eh samantalang suspended siya (We don’t believe the President because he has been changing his stories every now and then. He initially said he did not know about it, then claimed that Napeñas did not obey him…and Purisima is even involved even if he is suspended),” Telly Sumbilla, mother of the late PO3 John Lloyd Sumbilla, lamented.
In yesterday morning’s Failon Ngayon on DZMM teleradyo, the celebrated anchor played a special production of Freddie Aguilar’s recording of “Anak.” The song stopped after each stanza to allow video clips of Aquino giving speeches that show how he has been a bad son for ignoring the counsel of his parents. Has that gone viral on YouTube and Facebook?
So what do we do now—now that Aquino himself has shown himself to be unworthy of continuing to be President of the Philippines?