BOI report whitewashed PNoy’s culpability

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EXCEPT for the disclosure on the extent of US involvement in the Mamasapano raid – bits and pieces of which were already leaked to media weeks ago – the report released by the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s Board of Inquiry (BOI) does not really reveal anything new. If at all, the 92-page report merely formalized the cover-up of PNoy’s culpability for the botched raid. It is the Palace-approved version of the events that transpired on that fateful day in February 2015.

And as we foretold in our column a few weeks ago, it will be suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima and former PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) director Getulio Napeñas who would ultimately bear the brunt of the blame for the disastrous Mamasapano operation.

While the BOI report initially seemed critical of PNoy, saying that he “bypassed the established PNP Chain of Command,” the same report nevertheless absolved him of any liability supposedly because “the President exercised his prerogative to deal directly with Napeñas instead of the Officer-in-Charge of the PNP (OIC-PNP) Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina.”

This finding by the BOI that the President dealt directly with Napeñas was clearly intended not only to confirm PNoy’s story that the dismissed SAF commander had repeatedly lied to him and deliberately fed him with the wrong information but also to downplay Purisima’s intimate involvement in the operation.


We recall that during the breakfast meeting with a coalition of Christian leaders in Malacanang last Monday, PNoy blasted Napeñas for allegedly defying his order to coordinate with the military “days before” the actual mission. PNoy also chided Napeñas for his “lack of professionalism” and making “palpak” [poor]decisions that resulted in the “mission impossible.”

PNoy, however, did not explain to his audience why he was dealing with Purisima – who was then already suspended by the Ombudsman – on such a major and sensitive police operation instead of acting PNP chief Espina.

Anyway, we all know PNoy’s attempt to make it appear that he “dealt directly” with Napeñas is a mere ploy to extricate himself from possible criminal charges for letting Purisima call the shots on the Mamasapano operation and blatantly disobeying the Ombudsman’s suspension order.

Perhaps because he could no longer take being publicly crucified, Napeñas turned the tables on PNoy, practically calling him “a liar” just as his suspended boss Purisima did a week before.

The former SAF director’s lawyer vehemently denied that his client fooled Aquino. “Definitely, definitely, General Napeñas did not lie to the President,” his lawyer said.

“General Napeñas submitted his cellular phone to the [Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group] for forensic analysis. In all 23 pages of transcript, there was no exchange of messages between General Napeñas and the President,” Napeñas’ lawyer added. In short, Napeñas could not have lied to PNoy because he never dealt with or talked to the President directly.

Clearly, all the information and directives that Napeñas got on the Mamasapano operation came from PNoy’s best buddy, Purisima. And since PNoy confirmed that he always dealt with Napeñas “through Purisima” for the January 25 mission, the former SAF chief had every right to believe that Purisima’s instructions came from or were authorized by PNoy. Indeed, it is unfair to let Napeñas take the heat for obeying the operational set up that PNoy himself tolerated and abetted.

If anyone should take the fall for the disastrous operation, it should be PNoy. He allowed a suspended PNP chief (and trusted friend) to run the show. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out the way he expected. And now that he’s facing an angry public backlash, he’s trying to wash his hands of the failed mission.

This explains why Interior Secretary Mar Roxas keeps insisting that PNoy had no liability for the bloodbath in Mamasapano, arguing that it was Purisima’s disobedience to PNoy’s orders which led to the debacle.

It is therefore no surprise the BOI report also tried to mitigate PNoy’s responsibility for the Mamasapano disaster, finding that PNoy merely “allowed the participation of…Purisima in the planning and execution of Oplan Exodus despite the suspension order of the Ombudsman.”

By describing Purisima as a mere “participant” (instead of the “commandant” as he obviously was), it is apparent that the BOI wanted to portray Purisima as a “bit player” in Oplan Exodus so as not to expose PNoy to possible criminal liability in permitting the suspended PNP chief to circumvent the Ombudsman’s suspension order.

But if, as Roxas claims, Purisima disobeyed the President’s orders, is that not an admission that PNoy recognized Purisima as being on top of the operation, or at the very least, that Purisima played a key role in executing Oplan Exodus? Otherwise, why would PNoy still give Purisima an order knowing very well that the latter was already suspended?

You see, that’s the problem with a cock-and-bull-story. It’s hard to plug all the holes.

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  1. This is the chain of command held in secrecy

    1 Abnoy -Commander in cheap

    2 Purisima -2nd in command with no legal authority to exercise the mandate of his office-

    3 Napenas- ground commander who sought help but not listened and attended to

    Lesson for all Pinoys – Elect a moral leader who is equipped with a sound mind.

  2. “Did the President violate the chain of command?” Trillanes said. “That’s absurd. The whole world will laugh at us.” Trillanes, indeed, the ENTIRE UNIVERSE is laughing at the Philippines because of you and your sinto-sinto and eng-eng president. Now, I firmly believe that you are a paid advertising senator of B.S. Akkkino. But in the end, you are also sinto-sinto, eng-eng, at kulang-kulang. Never mind, come 2016 you will be back in jail! Your outrageous record as the most expensive senator of this republic while you were in jail shall be investigated. Ngayon pa lang ihanda mo na ang ebidensya mo, hijo de gran futa! Isa kang corrupt sa dilang corrupt, at dapat lang na himasin mo muli ang rehas, o magsama kayo ng boyfriend mong si BS Akkkino sa mental hospital sa 2016.

  3. Very clear na si abnoy Aquino ang nag utos Kay purisima na huwag sabihin Kay espina, at bubong roxas,para Kung maging successful yun operation si abno Kay purisima ibibigay yun credit para mawala yun suspension.. Si napenas tactical operation lng,at planer sa ground troop, ang nagbigay ng signal ay si abno, kaya NASA Zamboanga sila para panuod in yun pag pasuk ng saf sa Tutankhamen ng mga kalaban..ng ma bulyaso yun plan nag panic si abno at. Hindi lam gagawin…iniwan ang AFP na clueless Kung ano dapat nila gawin…kaya namatay yun saf 44.. Dahil meron tayung president na has no BALLS….Kung kami ang boss mo , hiling namin mag resign ka na alang alang sa mga boss mo..

  4. If General Napeñas does accept to be the fallguy, I am wondering how much did Pnoy pay him to be so. He think more than twice before he accepts to be the Judas in this play.

  5. Gloria M. Kuizon on

    Thank you, Atty. Dulay, for clearly pinpointing how the authors of the PNoy approved PNP-BOI Report tried to gloss over the facts and in that way helped cover up for this PCOS-machine produced president of the Philippines.