AS expected, President B.S. Aquino immorally lied to the nation again yesterday early evening when at last he addressed the nation about the massacre of the PNP-Special Action Force detachments in Mamsapano, Maguindanao.
He had for four days been the AWOL Commander in Chief of the AFP and the PNP since the combined force of the BIFF army and MILF regular fighters massacred the PNP-SAF commandos.
All he uselessly did in his TV appearance yesterday was, in his speech, make very long narratives about why the PNP-SAF units had gone to Mansapano. He then reiterated those narratives in answer to every question he was asked. He was obviously trying to do the impossible–wash his hands of responsibility and accountability for the death of 43 PNP-SAF men and the wounding of 16 others.
His speech was morally a lie. He told a very long story about the criminality of the Malaysian Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist Marwan and his MILF/BIFF-commander co-bombmaker and co-murderer Basit Usman. Then in the short press conference that followed he once again gave convoluted answers. At first he hid behind the notion that he could not reply to the question asked until the investigations were completed.
He was finally asked “Who gave the go-signal?” He was asked this several times, after the first time when he tried to evade answering by repeating the same story of Marwan’s being targeted for arrest for a long time now. To avoid answering he recounted every crime Marwan had committed for which he deserved to be hunted down.
The press people present were visibly exasperated. And the Malcañang officials looked awfully worried that their boss was again making an ass of himself before the world.
Finally, he admitted that the military and the police had been giving him briefings and that he constantly advised them to make sure that they properly coordinated with the MILF but that coordination did not happen. “Hindi nangyari.”
He said he couldn’t remember if he actually gave the go signal.
But some people on the ground in Zamboanga before the massacre have been saying that Mr. Aquino was there waiting for the good news that the PNP-SAF operation against Marwan and Basit was a success and that he was waiting there precisely to crow about the capture or the termination of the two terrrorists.
So, he was again talking from both sides of his mouth.
He made much about honoring the 44 slain PNP men as heroes who were valiantly doing their mission of finding Marwan and Basit at the risk of being killed.
But he was at the same time also blaming them for not having coordinated with the MILF.
Asked for definite word about whether the peace process should continue in view of the untrustworthiness of the MILF, he emphatically said he did trust the MILF. Therefore he also said the peace process with the MILF should not be stopped.
He was saying this after earlier having said that we all had to wait for the investigations to be completed before we could judge whether the MILF could be trusted since its fighters were really involved, together with the BIFF, in killing our PNP-SAF commandos.
After the speech and brief questioning of BS Aquino by three press people, the reaction of almost everybody who made comments in the social media was negative. Filipinos who heard his speech and saw him on TV said they could see he was lying and washing hands of accountability when he had in fact authorized the PNP-SAF operation that got 16 commandos wounded and 44 commandos killed, some of them brutally mutilated.
For this and for his and his people’s many other acts of criminal negligence, incompetence, hypocrisy and corruption, he should heed the call of the National Transformation Council to resign.
The same call has also been made by left-of-center groups. Some are in fact asking for a People Power revolt to oust him.