Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday scored Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for exonerating President Benigno Aquino 3rd of any criminal offense regarding the Mamasapano incident that killed 44 members of the police force in January this year.
In a statement, Binay looked back at the six months after the January 25 killing of the commandos from the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, during an operation seeking the capture of Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan.
He said he was saddened to note that even after half-a-year, the public and the families of the victims are yet to find justice over what is now believed as a massacre.
And although Morales approved the conduct of preliminary investigation proceedings against former PNP chief and Director-General Alan Purisima, retired SAF Director Getulio Napenas Jr. and other police officers in relation to the massacre, “the exoneration of the President of any criminal offense for his active planning of the doomed police mission raises more questions and doubts to a public seeking for a just closure to this tragedy.”
Binay said the decision of the Ombudsman does not follow the results of a PNP Board of Inquiry report, which said the President “had bypassed the established PNP chain of command” because he allowed Purisima to participate in the planning and the execution of “Oplan (Operation Plan): Exodus” when he was actually suspended from the force at the time.
“Marami ang hindi makapaniwala sa naging desisyon ng Ombudsman. Ngunit mas marami ang nadismaya sa naging aksyon sa imbestigasyon ng Senado [Many cannot believe the decision of the Ombudsman. But there are more who were disappointed with the Senate investigation of the incident],” the Vice President added.
Even after the controversies that hounded the incident, Binay noted that Sen. Grace Poe merely sat on the report.
The Senate did not even discuss the report during their plenary session, and is just now on “pending second reading,” according to Binay.
“Is this how public officials, who claim righteousness and independence of mind, pay tribute to the extraordinary heroism of our befallen government troops?”
Binay pointed out that this is “selective justice” all over again, just like how he was being publicly persecuted for alleged corruption during his term as Makati City (Metro Manila) mayor while allies of the President are free to do as they want.
But even amid these, the Vice President said he continues to pray for justice for the families of the 44 slain police commandos.
“Nasaan ang hustisya? Ito pa rin ang aming sigaw. At hindi kami magsasawang isigaw ito, kasama ang bansang Pilipinas [Where is justice? This is our battlecry. Together with the Filipino people, we will not get tired of seeking it],” Binay added.