• ‘Aquino betrayed the public’

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    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has gravely betrayed public trust when he allowed suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima to oversee the Special Action Force (SAF) operation in Maguindanao which later led to the killing of 44 elite policemen, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) chairman Dante Jimenez said on Friday.

    “On the part of the president, there was betrayal of public trust which is an impeachable offense while Purisima can be cited for contempt for violating the suspension order against him,” Jimenez told The Manila Times.

    According to the VACC chief, who was among those who filed a string of charges against Purisima, Aquino “breached operational protocols” and “broke the chain of command” when he put the suspended PNP chief in command of the operation to capture Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, and Filipino Abdul Basit Usman, both members of the Jemaah Islamiyah.

    The 44 SAF men were killed by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) after the elite commandos reportedly killed Marwan. They chanced upon the Muslim rebels as they prepared for extraction.

    Jimenez said that while it is common for police officers “finish what they started,” no order from a suspended official can be deemed valid.

    “Some general friends in the PNP told me that since it was Purisima who plotted the operation against Marwan, it should be him to see its conclusion. The only problem was that he was under suspension when the incident happened,” stressed the VACC head.

    Jimenez further said that by keeping the operational details secret from Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP Acting chief Leonardo Espina, both Aquino and Purisima “micromanaged” the operation.

    “The DILG, upon the recommendation of the Office of the Ombudsman, suspended Purisima. By taking part in the operation, Purisima can be cited for contempt, if not obstruction of justice,” he explained.

    Aquino could be courting another impeachment case since betrayal of public trust is an impeachable offense, added Jimenez.

     

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    7 Comments

    1. CONDESSA GARCIA on

      AQUINO SHOULD STEP DOWN NA KESA MAPAGTULUNGAN PA SIYA. SI PURISIMA TANGGALIN NA SA SERBISYO NG WALANG ANUMANG BENEFITS.

    2. Muriel Magtanggol on

      Aquino is clearly a law breaker and should be metted with the punishment he deserves, Pronto! Those men’s blood are very much on his hands! All for greed, pride, vanity and self-aggrandizement!
      Step down if you have any decency left in you, Aquino!

    3. Ibasak si Noynoy …… May kasabihan Kung ano ginawa mo sa kapwa “presidente” siya rin dapat Gawin sayo … Ibagsak…. Ikulong hatulan ng kamatayan

    4. We the people of the Philippine Islands should understand that the growing numbers of Filipino living in poverty and hunger is because our elected officials are not capable to do their job. No. I) There are so much corruption in the Government in the Executive, Legislative and Justice Departments and all branches of the government. No.2) No one is above the law but in the Philippines MONEY IS THE LAW. No.3) NOBODY OBEY THE LAW even the President dis-obey the law. We so relaxed with the law because we know our laws are not really true, everybody is playing games with the laws. Now 44 PNP SAF dead and no one want to take the responsibility and President B.S. “ABNOY” Aquino III really do not care for the Filipino people. He care for his family and friends who supported their corruptions.

    5. AQUINO – ROXAS – PURISIMA – BINAY SHOULD STEP DOWN LET THEM JOIN THE SAF/ POLICE COMMANDO – FIGHT WITH THE ISIS IN MIDDLE EAST.

    6. victor m. hernandez on

      Impeachable offense, well, tell that to the ransomed congress. First we need to impeach the greed and avarice in our hearts, our leaders’, so-called, first and foremost.