President Benigno Aquino 3rd will address the nation at 6:30 p.m. today, the second time since January 28 when he spoke on the Mamasapano operation that killed 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF).
The announcement from Malacanang’s communications office did not say what the address will be about.
The president is likely to discuss the top secret operation to arrest two high-profile terrorists—Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, and his Filipino deputy Basit Usman.
Marwan’s death has been confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In last week’s address, Aquino admitted prior knowledge of the Maguindanao operation but blamed suspended SAF chief Getulio Napenas for his failure to coordinate with the military. The president also said
suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima knew about the operation, which was
planned before Purisima was suspended in December last year on corruption charges.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE