Filipinos blame Aquino, Purisima

    Q. Who do you think should be accountablefor the death in Mamasapano, Maguindanao? You may mention up to 3.  FEBRUARY 6-9, 2015 Survey of NCR Adults

    Q. Who do you think should be accountablefor the death in Mamasapano, Maguindanao? You may mention up to 3.
    FEBRUARY 6-9, 2015
    Survey of NCR Adults

    For FALLEN 44

    First of a 4-part series

    About half of adults in Metro Manila believe President Benigno Aquino 3rd and resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima should be held accountable for the casualties of the Mamasapano clash, a survey conducted by the Laylo Research Strategies (LRS) said.

    The findings came out clear from the LRS survey conducted from Feb. 6 to 9 as commissioned by The Manila Times on the botched police operation, which has impassioned national debate over the competence of the top government and security officials of the country.

    This sentiment was earlier expressed by Sen. Miriam Santiago during the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs investigation on the Mamasapano clash when she mentioned that relieved Special Action Force (SAF) chief Getulio Napeñas should not be blamed for the whole fiasco that led to the killing of the 44 elite police commandos.

    Also in last week’s hearing, Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. called on Aquino, the Commander-in-Chief, to come clean on his role in Oplan Exodus since none of his officials had admitted who among them had informed the President about the clash in Maguindanao.

    The President was in Zamboanga City with some Cabinet members and military officials on January 25 supposedly to check on a bombing incident that left two people dead.

    When asked who should be accountable for the Mamasapano clash, 48 percent of respondents in Metro Manila pointed to President Aquino, with those aged 18-35 and class D registering the highest at 52 percent and 51 percent, respectively. Aquino’s trusted friend, Purisima, got a higher 53 percent figure, with 59 percent of adults in the NCR aged 18-35 blaming him for the debacle.

    Only 20 percent blamed the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), while 16 percent pinned the blame on Napeñas. Meanwhile, 9 percent blamed the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. An insignificant 6 percent blamed the Army’s 6th Infantry Division.

    Q. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the way the administration of Pres. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III is responding to the clash incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao? Are you . . . [SHOWCARD]? FEBRUARY 6-9, 2015 Survey of NCR Adults

    Q. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the way the administration of Pres. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III is responding to the clash incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao? Are you . . . [SHOWCARD]?
    FEBRUARY 6-9, 2015
    Survey of NCR Adults

    The poll showed that close to six out of ten Filipinos were not satisfied with how the Aquino administration responded to the January 25 encounter between SAF troopers and Muslim guerrillas. Class E, the poorest and most marginalized section of society, long recognized as the country’s breeding ground of unrest, expressed the highest dissatisfaction at 61 percent.

    The respondents of the survey said the Commander-in-Chief’s non-appearance during the arrival of the remains of the fallen SAF commandos was their most disliked action or response of the president with regards to the deadly encounter.

    Because of Aquino’s absence, the hashtag #NasaanAngPangulo (Where is the President) became the hottest trending topic on Twitter worldwide as Filipinos expressed outrage at the president’s gracing of the opening of a new car factory in Laguna rather than attend the arrival ceremony for the Fallen 44.

    A high 96 percent of the respondents were aware of the Mamasapano clash through television news, 30 percent from discussions with family, relatives, and friends, and 28 percent from radio. Significantly, 17 percent learned about the Mamapasano clash from broadsheets and tabloids, 14 percent from their Facebook accounts, and 11 percent from Internet news.

    A significant majority in the National Capital Region watched and are aware of at least one of Aquino’s speeches on the Mamasapano clash, including his acceptance of Purisima’s resignation.

    The Manila Times-Laylo survey interviewed 300 adults, randomly chosen in the National Capital Region representing its 15 cities and two municipalities, and weighted by economic class, about a week after the Mamasapano clash occurred with a plus and minus 6 percent error margin.

    Laylo Research Strategies has been a reputable pollster since 2001. Its principal pollster, Pedro Laylo, Jr., started his career as a fellow of the Social Weather Stations in the 1990s. He has a master’s degree in Public Opinion from the University of Connecticut, home of the famed Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.


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    1. francisco santos jr on

      for the failed operation I blame pnoy, purisima, napeñas but for the dead of the FightingSAF44, MILF and BIFF is to be blamed, its ok to say “misencounter” when they “MILF” cannot see who is the enenmy because its was still dark but the sun was up and you can see very clearly who you are firing at and accordingly the SAF were still alive at noontime when the sun is at its brightest, and so it very clear a “MASSACRE” and the video speak for itself. MILF and BIFF should take the full responsibility of the MASSACRE even considering there was no coordination but if you really wanted peace and the BBL then there should be unnecessary killing. The dead of the SAF44 is at the bloody hand of the MILF and BIFF.

    2. Jaime Hernandez on

      After the fiasco the president boasted that he will ‘sagasa’ anybody on the way. Up to now he still leaking his wound & done absolutely nothing. So, what happened to that promise? Boka lang?

    3. Neil dela Torre on

      Money. That is what’s worth fighting for these days. Some claimed they are fighting for religion, rights or whatever they say but deep inside they just want money. The gullible and loyal are just victims caught in the crossfire of greed.

    4. If P’noy did a Harry Truman: ” The buck stops here!”

      The story could have been different;he is so busy with the cover-up machination.

      They keep on finger pointing left and right even their story is not well coordinated.

      There is no doubt this President is incompetent and the rest Roxas, Gazmin, Purisima, and Napenas.

      The should resign and step-down than wait for worst thing to happen.

    5. Let us not.forget that the tausug and maguindanaons raided coastal communities for slaves until the spanish finally defeated them.

    6. Do you notice the message conveyed by the statement”Kayo ang boss ko”. Yes if something happens, you my boss is to blame. Pass – the- buck character trait for one who cannot lead and take the bull by the horns.

      Read between the lines. Itanong natin Kay Merriam whose livelihood is playing with words.

    7. I agree, si pnot ang dapat sisihin . He appointed Espina as OIC – PNP, why not
      ask Purisima and Espina coordinate with each other, include Espina in the plan,
      Then Purisima can resign.
      But instead Pnot continued checking with Purisima abt the plan.
      Poor Napenas he is the scapegoat.

    8. President Aquino, Purisima, Napenas, the fallen 44 did their duties, they are our heroes, They protected us from a deadly terrorist.who have killed and maimed thousand Lets not trust MILF period who protected them terrorist in their territory.

      • apolonio reyes on

        Tama ka Fernando, Sino pa kundi si Kumander CC ang lagi nag Sisi dito at Sisi duon at dina pwede nya SISIHIN SI GMA pagka’t pinakulong na nya. Hindi naman ni CC pwedeng sabihin na nag MASS SUICIDE ANG 44 SAF FALLEN HEROES, DI BA BAYAN?

    9. Those who castigate President Aquino have either short memory of our history or lack knowledge thereof. About 500 years ago or in the year 1520 to be exact, Muslim missionaries and traders from the Middle East, Indian and Malay regions introduced Islam in Sulu and Maguindanao. A year later, the Spaniards led by Ferdinand Magellan landed in Homonhon Island. Magellan fought the Moros and was killed by Lapu-Lapu. In 1762, or 241 years later, the British invaded and occupied Manila Bay but sailed away two years later because they cannot control the islands. In 1898, America and Spain went to war against each other but finally negotiated under the Treaty of Paris, where Spain agreed to hand over the Philippines to the Americans in exchange for twenty million dollars.
      The Muslim population of Maguindanao and Sulu were in the country 500 years ago even before settlers from other Asian countries arrived in the Philippines. Until 1895, he Filipinos were as happy a community as could be found in any colony. The population greatly multiplied, they lived in competence, if not affluence. Cultivation was extended, and the exports steadily increased until the country’s independence was granted by the United States of America in 1946..
      So you see, the Muslims in Mindanao and Sulu were among the early settlers of the Philippines. In that light we should recognize them as our brothers and sisters. Let us give them a fair share of our resources, government, and the welfares we enjoy, but most important of all let us make a lasting peace with them.
      Pedro Albea

      • If I am to believe your history that Muslim missionaries arrived in 1520 and Magellan a year later what rights to the Moros have to claim Sulu and Maguindanao over other Filipinos like Christians and Lumads. Both Islam and Christianity are foreign religions introduced at about the same time according to you. Both converted the Filipinos and in fact majority converted to Christianity so in a democratic point of view the majority has to lead. But then we should not be talking as Muslims and Christians but as Filipino brothers and must be united as one country. Creating another country called Bangsamoro within our country Philippines is against the Constitution and against the concept of a united Philippines.

      • We are one country, home to various regional groups. As such we should live under one constitution, from which emanates all laws, observe and respect each individual, live in peace, practice different faiths, preserve and appreciate different cultures and traditions. What is missing in Mindanao is the due importance that it should get, resource and development to upgrade it to the level of prosperity and peace that most of Luzon and Visayas have. In fact a good president in this country should be focusing his or her program, effort and the country’s resources into ensuring that no province is left out, that there is not one province left as economically depressed – that every province, thrives economically, with religious freedom and respect for its observance and practice reigning supreme.

      • I agree with you in history. we all studied this is high school. True that the moros are our brothers too but they should abide by our laws. Lay down their arms and cooperate to authorities to turn in terrorists and bandits like the ASG to the military. sheltering these terrorists make them a terrorists too. the BBL is too intrusive in the constitution and our sovereignity. The ARMM is the better form of autonomy for the Moros. and already existing, just need some improvements and discipline of its officials. No need for the BBL. BBL is the jumping start for the MILFs dream of total independence breaking up the republic. this should not be acceptable to the Filipinos. maybe acceptable to Pnoy but we should not allow this. Pnoy is ill advised by his advisers.