• FVR to Aquino: Just say sorry

    STEADY EDDIE  Former president Fidel V. Ramos holds a copy of Executive Order 226 which he issued  when he was the nation’s leader.  PHOTO BY RENE DILAN

    Former president Fidel V. Ramos holds a copy of Executive Order 226 which he issued when he was the nation’s leader.

    WHAT is so difficult about saying sorry?

    Former President Fidel V. Ramos on Tuesday posed this question as he gave his unsolicited advice for President Benigno Aquino 3rd to take responsibility for the botched Mamasapano mission and apologize to the people for the wrong done to the nation.

    Ramos, who called a news briefing as he turned 87 on Wednesday, said the President could not shake off responsibility for the bungled police mission that resulted in the killing of 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force since he is the Commander-in-Chief of both the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.

    “Saying ‘I am sorry’ humbly and sincerely would probably do 90 percent of the job but since the hurt has gone so much deeper than what it was really originally, based on his absence from Villamor Air Base on the 29th of January when the 42 coffins first arrived, since then so much has happened in terms of I will call it recalcitrance of Malacañang,” the former President said.

    Ramos was referring to the Aquino’s conspicuous absence when the remains of the fallen troops arrived in Manila four days after the deadly encounter in Maguindanao, but turned up at inauguration of a car manufacturing plant in Laguna Ramos, who is acknowledged as the “father” of the SAF, which was created in the early 1980s when he was chief of the Philippine Constabulary (PC) and the Integrated National Police or INP (predecessor of the Philippine National Police), was also in the car event and managed to rush to Villamor Air Base to attend the arrival honors for the slain policemen.

    Aquino attempted to make amends by attending the necrological service for the slain policemen as well as taking time to meet with the families, but the move failed to control the damage done by his absence.

    A fuming Ramos told a radio station immediately after the event, “What is more important–to be with your fallen troops at this time when their respective families are wailing and crying out for justice, or trying to please investors who are already here expanding their business because we have good economic prospects?”

    He said the President should take responsibility for the Mamasapano incident as he refuted Malacanang’s claims that the chain of command doctrine does not apply to the national police.

    Ramos, the PC-INP director-general, before he was named chief of staff of the Armed Forces following the 1986 People Power revolution, said the doctrine of command responsibility is clearly spelled out in Executive Order 226, which he issued in February 1995 when he was the nation’s leader.

    A government official who neglects his duty under the doctrine of command responsibility is administratively liable, he pointed out.

    “Nobody in a superior position can claim to be automatically ignorant.
    It’s presumed that a supervisor knows about irregularities,” Ramos said.

    “There is a chain of command that operates under the principle of command responsibility, and there’s no escaping that,” he added.

    As far as he knows, according to Ramos, EO 226 is still in effect.

    “Mayroon bang nakaalam [Does somebody know] that this has been rescinded? The Executive Order is still in effect,” he said.

    Ramos added that the President could be charged for the Mamasapano incident once he steps down from office.

    “This is the future that any President must be able to confront manfully and truthfully. This is part of the job. When you enter any electoral contest for the highest position in the land, you better expect that the highest kinds of alleged crimes will be [slapped]on you,” he said as he mentioned that he faced three Senate blue ribbon committee investigations after his term as President ended in 1998.


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    1. Most who hold high positions have the big chip on their shoulder. Their impression is they are not invincible and and do not answer to nobody. All are sadly mistaken and pay grave consequences. The president is no exception. I have said it before; the clamor will significantly subside when he apologize and take full responsibility. All bucks stop ultimately at the president of the republic and, no where else. It is very ironic that almost identical clamor in the Philippines is already onset in United States of America. Maybe BS Aquino should take notes from FVR. I am just sayin’.

    2. Talfae Villabeza on

      Salute to FVR! Shame on you PNoy! You don’t even know how to say sorry despite your disrespectful actions. Turo ka ng turo sa kung sino ang may kasalanan, e in the first place, sino rin ba ang nagbigay ng authority sa kanila to do such? You are their commander in chief, you should take all the responsibility. Designating them the responsibility and authority to be the leader of a particular group, gives them also the authority to act in behalf of their commander in chief. So don’t be a coward! Face your consequences and stop pinpointing!

    3. rosendo bagtas on

      just say sorry? that’s not in the vocabulary of PNoy. truly, admitting responsibility is not within is capability. this is not forthcoming from man afflicted with asperger’s syndrome! what else best describe’s PNoy’s brand of leadership but influence by the dreaded asperger’s syndrom!!!!!

    4. In LEADERSHIP, it is said: You can delegate your authority but you can never delegate responsibility.

    5. What did FVR do for Mindanao? His peace pact with Misuari failed. Poverty and violence continued to exist after his term.

    6. Vicente Penetrante on

      Aquino had been saying, “Do not criticize, offer solutions.” The best solution is now being offered by FVR.

    7. What a Big Mess the President is in, yet he still refuse to resign/step-down. I wish you Good Luck in your last year being a f___ing LAME DUCK.

      PNoy ‘LEGACY’ is in tatters resulting from all Lies, Bullshits, Incompetence, Stupidity, Arrogance, Insensitivity, Corruption…..

      But why supporters of PNoy still can’t see how the utterly an idiot he is? if not the following:
      Most Incompetent Ever
      Worst Of All Time
      An Epic Failure
      Full of Bullshit

      “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.”

      In fairness, “Nobody is Perfect” we all makes mistakes including the President. But for PNoy it is really hard to admit or talk about his failure and acknowledge blunders. So when PNoy can’t meet his goals & objectives, the tendency is to always play blame game or scapegoat again and again….

      “Lesson Learnt”

      Leaders needs to be transparent, talk about and openly acknowledge failures in order for all to learn and avoid doing the same in the future. It act as catalyst for innovation or improvement that may catapult us from a 3rd world to Great Nation.

      PNoy must recognizes his shortcomings and accept that it’s a fact of life – everyone makes mistakes or commits blunders. Hopefully PNoy finds more liberating approach towards being a True Leader
      and fulfill his promise to serve & protect our people.

    8. This president should just say: “Sorry na lang kayo, you know I was a dickhead and yet you still voted me into office!”. At least the sorry is there.

    9. It has been said that Pres. B.S. Aquno III is a man of ‘steel’. Since he hasn’t apologized because he believes he hasnt committed any mistake, he is really a man of “Still”…..to say sorry! Yes, there’s nothing wrong to be ‘humble’ but, oftentimes
      the big “EGO” cannot handle!’

    10. This the problem. Try and explain to our “beloved” leader the concept of chain of command, or showing leadership by being present when 44 corpses arrived. Is there a manual for the chain of command part? Yes, there is! Has he read it? Looks like he hasn’t. For the others, the manual is in his head, it’s titled Common Sense. Yesterday I was watching FVR speak and I said to myself : “Wow! Finally! I’m listening to someone who made perfect sense. There were no flashes of brilliance. He was just being a guy who said everything right. You don’t need to be a genius to figure out common sense “na lang mag-sorry si Pnoy o magpakita siya doon pagdating ng mga bangkay… at the very least, just to pay his respects, instead he has dishonored them and himself by not showing up. Pity! Nakakahiya naman! Jose Rizal and our dead heroes must be turning in their graves. Bayan ko, nasadlak ka sa dusa!

    11. How difficult for BS Aquino to say “Sorry”? For a normal, humble person, it is no big deal. But for someone who is abnormal, for one who has a delusion of grandeur that he cannot possibly commit a mistake like sacrificing the lives of the 44 SAF commandos by not sending reinforcements, it is impossible to get even an insincere “I’m sorry” from him

      We should not waste our time holding our breath that this corrupt, inept, clueless, and arrogant BS Aquino will ever apologize. He is absolutely hopeless.

    12. Patung patong ang kasong haharapin ni Pres. Aquino. Maari din siyang kasuhan ni Gen. Napenas sa hinaharap dahil sa paratang niyang nagsinungaling sa kanya ang General na ito. Yolanda and Mamansapano incidents etc. Di mo maintindihan kung arrogance o ignorance at incompetence o hastiness o lahat na. Hindi pinaguusapan dito ang agenda niyang nagawa kundi ang mga sitwasyon na di niya kinayang gampanan.

    13. Rene L. Canlas on

      FVR is 101% correct and I fully agree with him. For PNoy to say sorry is so hard/difficult to do when in fact..to do so will greatly help him to lessen the public fury on him. Its never too late to say sorry but not to say it at all will bring him to unknown destination and will regret it for the rest of his life. FVR SIR..YOU ARE STILL THE BEST PRESIDENT OUR COUNTRY EVER HAD..MAY YOU HAVE A LONG LIFE TO BE CHERISHED AND BE AN EXAMPLE OF FUTURE PRESIDENTS OF THE PHILIPPINES.