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Govt will not pressure suspended PNP chief to talk about Maguindanao mission

President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not compel suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima to speak up on his involvement in the operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that led to the massacre of 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF).

Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said the government will follow the established process in eliciting information from people who had any participation in the planning and implementation of the mission to capture two terrorists —Filipino bomb maker Abdulbasit Usman and Malaysian terrorist Zulkipli Bin Hir alias Abu Marwan.

The President has earlier admitted that Purisima knew of the operation and was giving him briefings about the top-secret mission until his suspension in December last year. The Office of the Ombudsman suspended the PNP chief for six months for his alleged involvement in an anomalous contract with a courier service in 2011.


On Friday, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian dared Purisima to break his silence and reveal the extent of his involvement in the mission that killed 44 elite police commandos.

But there was no similar call from the Palace for Purisima to come out.

“Nauunawaan po natin…Ang layunin po, ang gusto ng lahat ay katotohanan.

Iginagalang ho natin ang pananaw ng mga lider ng ating bansa. Meron pong proseso sa pag-alam ng katotohanan. Kung sino po dapat ang magbigay ng pahayag ay dapat lumahok sa pagbatid ng katotohanan [We understand. Everyone wants to know the truth. We respect the opinion of some of the country’s leaders. But we have a process in bringing out the truth. He who should give a statement should participate in the quest for truth,]” Coloma said in an interview aired over Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.

“As the President said, the truth will set us free,” he added.

Reports that Purisima was still involved in the execution of the operation despite his suspension had enraged the public, especially after the President admitted that the suspended PNP chief planned the mission.

Aquino met the families of the 44 slain SAF troops in Camp Bagong Diwa on Friday.

“Pinasalamatan sila ng pangulo at pinarangalan ang kanilang katapangan at kabayanihan sa misyon para hulihin ang mga teroristang sina Marwan at Usman.

Patuloy ring makkipagpulong ang Pangulo sa mga pinuno ng PNP-SAF para sa pagpapatatag ng kanilang pwersa,” Coloma said.

Lawmakers Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela City, Carol Jayne Lopez of You Against Corruption party-list and Rodel Batocabe of Ako Bicol party-list said Purisima should be investigated for his role in the botched operation.

“Purisima cannot escape responsibility from the massacre of 44 SAF commandos since he was identified by relieved SAF commander Director Getulio Napenas as the one calling the shots and that the SAF director was directly reporting to him. Even President Aquino admitted that General Purisima was giving him briefings on the top secret SAF operation to neutralize Marwan,” Gatchalian said. With Jefferson Antiporda

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs may also invite the suspended PNP chief once the panel starts its inquiry into the bloody incident on Wednesday.

Sen. Grace Poe, the chairperson of the committee, admitted that they have not yet included Purisima in the list of resource persons to be invited.

Four separate Senate resolutions have been filed calling for an investigation of the SAF operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Poe said the primary objective of the investigation is to know what really happened, who called the shots and how the operation was carried out.

The senator said she is also not convinced that the responsibility rests on a single individual, Police Director Getulio Napeñas, the SAF commander who was sacked because of the incident.

“The committee wants to look deeper on the chain of command to find out who is in charge and how he managed the operation,” Poe explained.

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  1. Politicians or not they are all the same..whether binay or aquino or who the f**** gave the signal to the 44 SAF it’s all about the money and prestige..its f***in human nature or CRAB Mentality to the Filipino’s and the SAF 44 was sacrificed and it cannot be change..Nasa tao na yan kung ipaglalaban pagka Filipino nya o hindi after the all Philipppines is a freakin democratic country and the 1 million peso question is that IS IT PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT WORTH DYING FOR?OR DO WE NEED A REVOLUTION?

  2. Shield Purisima? Di naman ata tama yun. Dapat makinig ang malacanang kay VP Binay na pagsalitain si Purisima tungkol sa issue na to. May point talaga si VP Binay sa mga sinasabi niya tungkol kina Purisima. Nagpapakita lang ito ng malasakit niya para sa mga tropa natin.

  3. Didn’t the boss say this will redeem Purisima but pumalpak naman dahil iba ang balak nila. To redeem the patong sa ulo nang dalawang leader?

  4. lets face the truth behind this becaus of money kagahaman sa lapi imagine $6million and patong saulo bakit sya nanduon expect nya mahuhuli ito 2 at sya ang tatanggap sure ang kkta nya un $6m pero d nangyari so tumahimik ipinas sa iba ang sisi tatlgang mukhang pera

  5. by shielding purisima, that bs aquino will be shielded as well.
    coloma should resign and keep his good reputation intact. the way he is forced to speak now, he is becoming worse that valte.

  6. iamwell bungari on

    Coloma, your defense of the NobelPeacePrize seeker makes you a man without a column or a colon.

  7. ang galing timakip ng kaibigan ni pinoy kabarilan..ksi…bakit di nyo gayahin ang isang opesyal dati sa afp….he tuk hs own life para lng sa kapakanan ng afp sana ganun din ang namumuno ngayon…ngayon wala sla masisi…dati pagmay kapalpakan sinisisi dating presidente..kanino na naman kya isisi ni ponoy ang nangyari ngayon?

    • apolonio reyes on

      Kitang-kita naman sa speech ng Commander-in-Chief sa Malascanang at sa Burol ng mga 44 PNP-SAF, ang sinissisi ni Boy SISI at Kumander-IN- CC, ay ang mga SAF Mismo na para bagang nag commit lahat ng SUICIDES. ALAM DAW NG LAHAT NA MAPANGANIB ANG “OPLAN WOLVERINE” AT BAKA DI NA SILA MAKABALIK NG BUHAY SA UTOS NILA KUMANDER-IN- CC AT SUSPENDED PNP CHIEF PUROSAMA. ITO AY AKING LANG PANINIWALA. SA IYO BA BOY SISIR at SIKWATARY KALUMA, ANO?

  8. With what Purisima knows he must be protected at all costs by Aquino. Purisima telling the truth spells doom to Aquino.

    • What truth? These people doen’t even know that there is such a word!!! They think that just because they were able to kiss the ring of pope Francis, that what ever atrocities they commit in their lifetime, that they will surely go to heaven!!!

  9. Oh please spare us the lies Mr. Coloma,

    You said you will follow “established procedures”?
    YOU WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH, BUT NOT BUGOY AND ABNOY ?

    You totally LOST IT Sonny boy! its useless defending the undefensible, RESIGN

    ITS GAME OVER BOYS…..scuttle the ship, mutiny is your destiny…..

  10. Ang LAKAS NG TAMA ng PORK talaga sa mga MAMBABATAS. Very EFFECTIVE – pang BUSALSAL sa kabalastugan…

  11. DEAL OR NO DEAL!
    I strongly proposed that MILF/MNLF (BIFF, support Comman) must all Lay down all their arms and DEACTIVATE their armed forces before peace negotiation can proceed. If not, military operations to confiscate these arms of the MILF and BIFF must be launched until their forces and arms are neutralize. Meanwhile the BBL must be watered down to withhold giving away or allowing the Mindanao local autonomous government military or police authority, power or jurisdiction which must all be retained by the government. Further, foreign and trade policies and taxation power must be exercised absolutely by the Central/National government in Manila. It could be that only independent political parties be created in Mindanao for its own local election but election laws must still be exclusively belong to COMELEC to enforce. National elective positions, like president, vice-president and Senators must still include the voting populace of Mindanao autonomous region. If the MILF and MNLF would not agree to this condition, then the BBL must not pass. AFTER all incorporating above powers, military, police, foreign and trade policies and Election laws in BBL as a separate power of the Mindanao autonomous region that is independent of the National government is UNCONSTITUTIONAL as it will give absolute sovereignty and territorial jurisdiction and power to the region as a Separate State and territorial partition of the PHILIPPINES. THIS POLITICAL AND TERRITORIAL DIVISION OF THE PHILIPPINES as a country MUST NOT HAPPEN! ALL PATRIOTIC PILIPINOS MUST FIGHT AND DIE TO MAINTAIN THE UNION OF THE THREE BIG ISLANDS OF THE COUNTRY (LUZON! VISAYAS and MINDANAO)!
    I CALL ON ALL PILIPINOS! THE LAWMAKERS AND THE PRESIDENT TO STAND PAT AND PREVENT THE MUTILATION OF THE COUNTRY’S TERRITORY AND POLITICAL POWER BY RESISTING AND NOT YIELD TO MILF OR MNLF DEMANDS FOR SEPARATION AND INDEPENDENCE OF MINDANAO! NO DEAL!!!!!!
    JUn Adan
    Ako Ay TUNAY na PILIPINO
    New York City

    • in fairness sa mga Muslim, they are like the native Indians of America. My history professor said that if the Spanish conquestadores did not come, we could have been like Indonesia, a Muslim nation. When the Spaniards came, the Muslim defended their land and didn’t want foreigners in their land just like the Indians. After the American-Spanish war, the Americans wage war against them and they kept fighting foreign invaders. The Americans even invented Colt 1911-A1 (known for its stopping power) to stop and kill Muslim warriors armed with their sharp kris. 1946, Philippines gain its independence and they are still fighting government forces for their land and their right to rule. If you and I put ourselves in their shoes and if we were born as a Muslim in this life, we both might be joining these rebels. What’s your take on this?

  12. No matter how good are rhetorics of Sonny Coloma, it will never save his boss Pnoy from blamed in this fiasco. Even to isolate Mar Roxas is so naive just to save his political futures. If Mar did not know before hand about hand, it can said he is dumb cabinet member and should have resigned immediately. We all know that Mar is only running the DILG but the entire cabinet. He was on top of the Yolanda rescue efforts, selendra explosion and pope visit. It is impossible for him not to this Mamanpasano massacre, Mar is super cabinet member who even surpasses the power of Ochoa. Kawawa naman tayo Kung maniniwala sa bolahan Ito.

  13. Gloria M. Kuizon on

    So why don’t Grace Poe and the Senate include Purisima on the list of witnesses to be asked questions about this tragedy?
    And if he were really interested in the Truth setting us free, why doesn’t Aquino also asked PUrisiima to speak out. Abnswer: Because Purisima will end up revealing that Aquino was the one directing him and Napales!

    • It’s not that late. Poe could still “invite” Purisima to appear as a witness. This has to be done to really dig deep into the “truth.”

  14. “Purisima cannot escape responsibility from the massacre of 44 SAF commandos since he was identified by relieved SAF commander Director Getulio Napenas as the one calling the shots and that the SAF director was directly reporting to him. Even President Aquino admitted that General Purisima was giving him briefings on the top secret SAF operation to neutralize Marwan,” Gatchalian said. With Jefferson Antiporda”

    Tagapagsinungaling(aka spokesperson) na Coloma, what in those above statement YOU don’t understand??? THE TRUTH has imprisoned you from an indefensible stance….and you have the gall and balls quoting your idiotic Boss “the truth will set you free”. Kaya kinakain ninyo ang inyo’ng mga sariling mga salita sa KAPALPAKAN, para lang pagtakpan ang Inutil ninyo’ng Boss. Kinalampag na kayo ng Diyos sa inyo’ng pinaggagagawa’ng mga kasinungalingan – AT ISINASADSAD ANG SINASAKYAN NA PLANE SA TACLOBAN – para paalalahanan sa mga pagsisisinungaling, at 2nd chance in life to reform – but you still STICK to your spreading LIES, LIES, and more LIES. MAUNTOG KAYO SA KATOTOHANAN, COLOMA. Bago tuluyan mag crash nang TOTOO ang susunod na sasakyan na eroplano. At doon ninyo ma REALIZE ang TRUTH na pinangangalandakan ninyo.
    We all know, deep, deep down in your inner self, GUILT is gnawing at your very inner self feelings. AND THAT REAL TRUTH will finally set you FREE.

    • I think that there was only one person who can give the go signal to proceed with the exercise. I don’t think na ganun ka tanga si Napenas to follow an order comming from Purisima who is 1. Suspended, 2. Nepenas knows that it is an illegal order if it comes from Purisima. 3. Palaging may back-up plans ang mga yan. 4. Hindi isusubo ni Napenas ang mga anak niya sa siguradong kapahamakan kung walang nag assure sa kanya ng back-up. UNLESS ANG NAG UTOS SA KANYA MISMO AY SI BS aquino!!! (Na-inassume ni Napenas na siguradong ba-back-upan ang mga anak niya). Napenas, you are not being a good soldier (policeman) by admitting full responsibility of the (Carnage). By doing so, lumalabas pong, kayo na po ang pinaka-MASAMANG AMA NA NAGKAROON ang SAF. Sir Napenas, sana po ma-konsiyensiya po kayo sa kapahamakan inilagay ninyo ang mga anak (SAF-44 Fallen Heroes). Huwag na kayong mahiya sa kanila dahil sa patay na sila. Mahiya (ma-awa) po kayo sa mga asawa, anak, magulang, mga kapatid nila. You owe them this, TRUTH!!! hUWAG NIYO PONG PAGTAKPAN ANG COMMANDER IN CHIEF NINYO!!! He doesn’t deserve this. Kita niyo na ang ginawa niya sa mga anak (SAF-44 Fallen Heroes) ninyo. Iniwanan LAPASTANGANIN ng mga demonyo, kasama siya.

  15. Why can’t they just stop bickering, we know this is going nowhere, we have a Filipino saying a dead goes with the dead. This is the problem of having a mentally challenged president, who’s to blame?, the low information voter who voted for him. what an !dI0t.

  16. muriel magtanggol on

    Nakakapang ngitngit ka, Aquino. Magtago ka na lang kasama ni Purisima. Patago kayo kay Dinky Soliman!

  17. So be it.

    a-KKK-No through his mouthpiece has just confirmed the truth that Purisima indeed, is the director and a-KKK-No is the producer of the botched SAF Oplan Wolverine. Why would a-KKK-No gag Purisima if the reports all over the media are not true?

    Obviously the answer is, they cannot deny it because Gen. Getulio Napenas already made statements that he was reporting directly to Purisima who was monitoring the operation in his White House mansion and Purisima in turn was briefing a-KKK-no in real time.

    This is the hideous reason why those cops are left dead. a-KKK-No in fact, did not order reinforcements from the AFP because he wanted to remain Purisima incognito and the operation unknown because a-KKK-No’s order to Purisima is patently illegal. The stupid leader thought that he could keep it under wraps. Nabutata lang dahil maraming namatay. So, the convenient kabalbalan that a-KKK-no wanted to save the BBL is a lot of bull.

  18. You know the truth Mr President! Sometimes its easier to form a board of inquiry than accepting you failed to stop or control Purisima to implement an operation which you probably gave the go signal before his suspension. I think, he remained active even after his suspension because according to General Nepanes, he calls the shot at the white house in Camp Crame.

    Advantage naming civilian over officers of AFP and PNP, you can’t speak your mind, Commander in Chief niyo yan e, right or wrong siya, sunod lang without asking why!

    Dapat may honor code sa Malacanang “As the president (cabinet member) I do not lie, cheat, steal nor tolerate among us those who do so.”

    Seguro, babalik ang honor code sa serbisyo kapag makikita nila sa liderato ang ganitong klaseng integridad sa Malacanang Palace.

    • again, you are showing your stupidity by asking human beings to do the right thing! even if you put Jesus Christ as head of the country, the politicians will always try to fool everybody including Jesus!

  19. LOL! In the US he’d have to face a Congressional Inquiry, but this is the Philippines. Power rests in the clasped hands of one man. That man is no different from Congress.
    No luck for Filipinos.