Aquino must take blame for carnage – Duterte

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DUMAGUETE CITY: Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said President Benigno Aquino 3rd must take full responsibility for the disastrous operation to capture international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, on January 25, which resulted in the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.

In an interview, Duterte pointed out that while he does not want to offend the President, somebody has to tell Aquino to step forward and take the blame for the ill-fated operation.

“I do not want to offend the President but somebody has to tell him that he has to stop this blame game by taking full responsibility for what happened in Mamasapano,” he said in a statement.

Duterte is in Dumaguete City for a two-university swing there to continue his federalism advocacy, which he said is the best option should Congress fail to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.


“As mayor of Davao City, for example, I take full responsibility for whatever happens in an operation that I order to be implemented,” he added.

According to him, unless somebody owns up to the responsibility for the botched mission, the blame game between the military and the police will continue to project divisiveness in the government.

Duterte and his group are visiting Dumaguete City, Dapitan City and Dipolog City (both in Zamboanga) to continue their advocacy for federalism.

In his address on Wednesday before some 700 students of Silliman University, the mayor said the only option left to address the problems in Mindanao is federalism.

Under the proposal, according to Duterte, a federal state could be established for the Muslim provinces of Central Mindanao and another federal state for the island provinces of Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and Sulu.

He said a Federal Philippines would also enhance development of outlying regions of the country, which have long been neglected by the central government.

Duterte cited the case of Palawan, which is demanding P73 billion from the national government as its share from the Malampaya gas funds.

He is set to barnstorm the cities of Dagupan in Pangasinan, Baguio and Angeles in Pampanga next week as he intensifies his “Listening Tour” aimed at pushing for a shift to a federal system of government while at the same time feeling the pulse of the people who supposedly have been asking him to consider running for President in 2016.

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  2. Definitely! Purong G.I.’s quote, “The Buck Stops Here” is/was President Truman’s desk sign. He said “The President — whoever he is — has to decide. He can’t pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That’s his job.” The chief of any organization must know the “what, where and who” of what’s happening in his charge and as the chief, takes the blame or fame of the results. If he does not know something has transpired during his tenure, he must be ashamed and should step down or fired for dereliction of duty. I also do not respect a president who preferred to fulfill his prior commitment of attending a car dealership event to “save face” (?) vs. showing up at the funeral services of the brave men, who died in the line of duty, to support their grieving family, to let them know how valuable their loved ones are and the government appreciates their contribution to its mission. Why is sending a proxy to the dealership not an option? Or, is the president telling his charge what is more important to him? Just asking….

  3. Don’t hold your breath hoping Pres. B. S. Aquino to own up the blame on the blotched operation of the SAF; he’d rather play the ‘blame game’!

    Considering the flaws of the form of government as evinced since the independence of the country, it may be worthwhile to try the federal form. However, one senator should be representing each state and voted locally as well as the the congressmen, whose number will be determined by the number of voters in each state. Unlike the American system, there will only be a national congress composed of two houses; the Senate and the House of Representatives.

    The Philippine government, as it is, is at its worst shape considering the corruptions as epitomized by the PDAF and DAP. What more, there seems to be only two branches; the Executive/ Legislative branch and the Judicial branch. An exceptional remedy is needed for an exceptional problem. Vote Duterte!

  4. Mas mabuti ito,sa bawat lugar,dahil kontrolado nila ang sarili nilang yaman at kabisado nila ang ugali ng tao at doon nila pagbabasihan ang batas na dapat para sa mga naninirahan doon!
    Sariling sikap! At higit sa lahat magkakaroon ng kompetisyon ang bawat lugar at hindi makakaiwas ang mamumuno kung napag-iiwan sila!na masisi!!

  5. Patapusin na natin ang termino ni pinoy umaasenso naman ang pinas ikumpara sa nakaraan na presidente. Mga arsobispo paaway nang religion ang ginagawa nila may katoliko na ayaw mayroon gusto but other religion mostly like pinoy to finish his term. Huwag na kayong maghikayat nang gulo. Sinong gusto ninyo ipalit si Binay? Think twice. Peace be with you. Ipasa na ang BBL

  6. Pnoy will always try harder to pinpoint someone except himself. Boy Sisi will never accept blame simply the guy Is stupid and coward.

  7. Totally Agree w Mayor Rody Duterte.all regions n its people must be given the same equal opportunities to progress economically,socially n politically.Bicolanos have been suffering the inequality in all areas mentioned.Dante Jimenez/BICOL AUTONOMY MOVEMENT

    • sonny dela cruz on

      We might be dreaming of a better government comes 2016 but listening to the senate & lower house inquiry on the massacre of the 44 fallen pnp, I have the feeling that there will be a Martial law coming before 2016. Just see how the AFP catapang, pangilinan and the rest of the generals are covering up their Commander in Chief. Sickening.

    • Boy Abunda, Aiai de las Alas, Pokwang, Vice Ganda, Coco Martin, Dantes, Korina, Lea Navarro and several more entertainers. having no brains to know what is wrong or right.

  8. Duterte for President!
    But what am I saying? Even if the candidate for president is Moses and all of us are for him, he will not win because the PCOS-produced President BS Aquino’s candidate is the one who will be made to win by the PCOS software manipulated by Smartmatic’s technicians.

  9. Mayor Duterte if you love the country, please consider yourself a candidate for President next year. You have the will power and the knack to run a government.

    • There is always a place for Duterte to head and that’s being a Mayor in Davao. I doubt if he will be able to win a seat in congress or senate. never mind as president.

  10. I concur what the mayor said. As one famous United States president once said “The Buck Stops Here”. This sign was sitting on top of this American president entire his presidency. I am not saying that Filipinos should imitate this but the Leader of the country must know the 3 W’s (when, where, what) in his responsibilities. This is only my two cents.

  11. Federalism no doubt is progressive. It will also eliminate much of the corruption coming from the central government. Because the fiscal autonomy of each federal district will cut off fiscal interference from the central government.

    The experience we had with the Abnoy’s and Abad’s grand scale thievery have burned the country so much that we can swear never again must we ever have a repeat of the same. Each federal district will be responsible for its own march toward progress and sufficiency. But an adjunct of this federal system for the country should not be the 2 houses of Congress like in the US unifying the districts. It should be a parliament like the British mold tailored to fit the Filipino character and idiosyncracies.

    I am for studying and exploring the Duterte concept at greater breadth and length.

    • sonny dela cruz on

      You cannot mix Federal system with a Parliamentary because there will be a problem in check & balances. It is also not in the culture of the Filipino people to debate for the good of the country and the people. Federal system of government will be balance because each regions will be represented by two senators and each district will be represented by a representative, so, it will be very hard for the congress to do what they are doing now with Pres. Aquino because the President cannot do any bribing with the tax payers money. But overall the Filipino people should always be aware what their government is doing.