• Don’t arrest Noynoy, Kris asks Duterte


    Kris Aquino has appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte not to arrest her brother, former President Benigno Aquino 3rd, who has been blamed for the death of 44 police commandos in an anti-terror operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in 2015.

    “Kris texted, ‘Don’t arrest Noynoy,” the President said in a speech during the launch on Monday of BIR’s tax campaign for 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

    The President said he told the TV host and actress that the reopening of the Mamasapano probe was not intended to pin down her brother.

    “I said, ‘No, Kris, I am not out to find fault. I just want to know the truth,'” Duterte said.

    “I am not into the habit of sending to prison the guys from the other side of the political fence or whatever. I just want to give the Filipino people the truth,” he added.

    On the second anniversary of the Mamasapano tragedy last month, Duterte challenged Aquino to explain his role in the operation, which the President insisted was led by the US Central Intelligence Agency.

    In response to Duterte, Aquino said his only mistake was to trust former Special Action Force (SAF) commander Getulio Napeñas.

    Duterte previously ordered the creation of an independent commission that will look into the Mamasapano debacle.

    But in his speech on Monday, Duterte announced that he will no longer create the Mamasapano fact-finding commission since the Office of the Ombudsman is currently looking into the incident.

    The President said he does not want to create “multiple incongruity.”

    “I am not going ahead with the creation of the commission because apparently, the Ombudsman has said that it’s still pending before them,” Duterte said.

    The Office of the Ombudsman has filed charges against Napeñas and former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima for bypassing the chain of command in carrying out the botched police operation.

    Three criminal complaints have been filed against Aquino by relatives of the slain commandos.

    The former president had dismissed the complaints as “frivolous” and “absurd.” CATHERINE S. VALENTE


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    1. “Pinoy cannot be blamed for the mess” – come on, seriously? 1) He was commander-in-chief, and would have been informed of such an important operation; 2) Purisima, who he appointed to spearhead the operation despite being suspended at the time, was his guy; 3) There was a very long lag time (dawn to dusk) when the fighting happened, plenty of time to rescue the besieged soldiers; etc. In a lot of people’s mind some of these questions still persist and many are still bothered by the lack of a conclusive resolution despite previous hearings. Since President Aquino continues to deny responsibility, then maybe an independent Commission should be convened, as first suggested, to re-investigate the incident and let the blame fall where it may. It is commendable that President Duterte seems not as vindictive as the past president despite the other party’s continued attempts to undermine him. However, it is doubtful that there will be real justice for the slains’ families under the current Ombudswoman, Morales.

    2. Having a strong willed president now brings jitters to those who are used to doing wrong but got away with it. However, every wrongdoing bears consequences. By the look of things, its now payback time. Kris may have realized his brother’s incompetence as past president which pale in comparison to the new leader. Mayor Digong wants the whole truth and its not for him decide but what the law says about who should go to jail. That’s the problem when an unqualified assumes a position unfit for his ability. Apparently, he and his army didn’t learn from his mother’s failed regime and do not have any hint that vengeance is coming.

    3. and why not put him in jail if he had direct responsibility on the death of the SAF 44? Bayad utang..

    4. Our Presidents decision not to go ahead with the truth commission is very disappointing. He knows very well that Conchita imorales will not do anything about Abnoys guilt in Mamasapano adventure. Let’s hear what Napenas has to say. Pinoy should be jailed for the satisfaction of all who had been wronged, that would be justice. He must be scared stiff, to get his sister Kris involved. GET PINOY JAILED TOGETHER WITH HIS CABINET A CABAL OF THIEVES.

    5. Office of the Ombudsman is currently looking into the incident.

      It’s almost as if Duterte has no idea that the Ombudsman Morales will protect Aquino.
      Surely Duterte knows that a real investigation will not occur if left to Morales.

    6. Is Kris now the arbiter for the Aquino dregs of society ? Except for the “K” in her nickname may K ba siya ?

    7. This message of President Duterte is very disappointing to many, including this one. This will also be a very sad news to the families of the victims. We know too well that the Ombudsman cannot be trusted being an Aquino lackey. President Rody must reconsider.

      • the president has a point…there are already two findings on that incident..creating another one will just be a waste of time and money. the worst part is if the 3 findings will have a different conclusion…that will surely jeopardize the case…

    8. Pnoy cannot be blamed for this mess. the blame is on Purisima and Napenas. Both incompetents. and most likely both lied to Pnoy about some of the operation tactics. so Pnoy was ill advised. the command responsibility starts at Purisma down to Napenas. they both should end in jail if the government is serious about this or want want justice to the fallen heroes.

      • Correct. BS Aquino just wanted to be called the president of the republic and does not want to be called the commander-in-chief.

      • with this article don’t you think your Pnoy is not be blamed? its already obvious that his sister knows Pnoy’s fault.

      • Maybe Aquino and Purisima should have cooperated during the senate investigation and turned over their cell phones instead of refusing and reading a transcript written by them claiming to be what they said.

        Aquino could of cleared up the whole mess if he had cooperated but he refused.

      • It is still Pnoy’s fault simply because he let Purisima calls the shots because Purisima is suspended as PNP chief by the office of the Ombusman for graft and corruption. Pnoy should have designated Gen. Espina the PNP chief as OIC to lead the operation.

      • he was the CIC. granted he was not well informed of the latest or current situation, but surely he had well knowledge on it’s inception phase…he should have been on top of the situation and that is what a commander should be…