• DOJ wants Mamasapano trial moved to Manila

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    THE Department of Justice (DOJ) will push for the transfer to Manila of the trial of rebels charged for the 2015 massacre of 44 members of the elite Special Action Force (SAF).

    Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd said he had ordered his prosecutors to file a motion to transfer the trial venue to Manila from Cotabato, to spare the judge from any “pressure.”

    This will also to ensure the safety and security of witnesses and the families of the victims, he said.

    “Of course there’s pressure in the courts there (Cotabato). In early January I asked the prosecutors to file for the transfer of venue here in Manila,” Aguirre said.

    Eighty-eight members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and private armed groups are being tried on the complex crime of direct assault with murder in connection with the January 25, 2015 encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that left 44 elite police troopers dead.

    The SAF men were on a mission to serve arrest warrants on international terrorist Sulkifli bin Hir alias “Marwan” and his alleged cohort, Abdul Basit Usman.

    Marwan was killed in the botched raid while Usman died in a firefight with the military in May 2015.

    The previous Aquino administration received heavy criticism after it turned out that the operation was directed by the then suspended national police chief, Alan Purisima, without adequate coordination with the military.

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    1. Philippine Government is the only democratic country in the world to let its Senate investigate the casualty of war and blamed it on the Commander-in-Chief. Blue Ribbon Committee in the Senate investigates anything, in aid of legislation, kunu. What was the end result of the first Senate investigation? did the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee legislated any new military law(s)? The rest of the world, when they send their troops to combat, and the responsible person, either success or failure of the mission is the highest ranking military person on the ground. Why there were so many casualties? what went wrong during the operation? this questions can simply be answered by ordinary people with average intelligence with no military experience.

      Lack of coordination with invading and supporting elements? Underestimated enemy’s capability? failure of the leadership to give the proper operation order? Failure to identify what weapons and equipment that are needed during this operation? Grenade launchers would have been very important weapons because nobody can kill a person in a foxhole by using a rifle only. Calling for fire (meaning calling for artillery fires) should have been lives saver if coordinated properly and knowing what support element on your left and right flanks would have been a great contribution of a successful operation. General Napenas, should have been tried in Court Martial, convicted and executed.(executed for being a dumb-ass by letting his troops killed) Don’t we have Military Laws in the AFP? I think we do, and that is the Law of War. In the U.S. it is called The Uniform Code of Military Justice.