How much longer can we stand all the lies?

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The search for an official scapegoat for the January 25 massacre of 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force commandos by Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao formally  ended in Malacañang on Monday, when President B. S. Aquino 3rd publicly blamed everything on former SAF Director Getulio Napeñas,  the “ground commander”of Oplan Exodus whose mission was to arrest two international terrorists being sheltered by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

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This was not long after Aquino had told the victims’ families that former PNP chief Alan Purisima, whom he had illegally put in charge of the operation while under suspension by the Ombudsman on corruption charges, was to blame.  He had even tried to show his “exchange of text messages” with Purisima to prove his point.  Now Purisima’s name has been completely  scratched from the President’s  revised narrative, in to the detriment of Napeñas.

Aquino has escaped perjury by not saying anything under oath. But on Monday, as on the previous instances he spoke about Mamasapano, he lied to his face. This has compelled partylist congressman Walden Bello, a key Aquino ally, to cut off his ties with Malacañang, and for the Times’ editorial to call Aquino a “compulsive liar.”  I do not  relish this kind of language, but when the truth is ugly, there may not be beautiful words for it.

I once clashed vehemently with Marcos when he called PNoy’s late father, the glib-tongued former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., “an enemy of the state” and a “congenital liar.” I thought it was unduly excessive.  But after listening to his equally glib-tongued schizoid son on Monday, I must say the  fruit has not fallen far from the tree. My belated apologies to Marcos.

Napeñas denies Aquino’s accusations

Napeñas’ political crucifixion came during Aquino’s prayer-meeting with non-Catholic  religious leaders, a day after 2,400  emotionally stricken policemen joined the “March for Justice” for the Fallen 44 in various large cities around the country—-Manila, Zamboanga, Davao, Cebu,  Iloilo, and Baguio.  In Malacañang, Evangelical  leaders, led by Protestant bishop and politician Eddie Villanueva, whose son Joel sits on the Cabinet as head of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, rose above  their usual selves to absolve Aquino of any moral or criminal responsibility.

Aquino tried to immobilize his audience with a long, boring monologue on Napeñas’ alleged culpability for the whole fiasco.  He said Napeñas “fooled him,” fed him with so much wrong information,  and defied his orders “to coordinate with the military.”  He offered no details.

However the fact that at least one light armored brigade was reportedly standing by within a two-kilometer radius from the killing zone, and that Aquino’s stand-down order to the reinforcement troops was reportedly received by both Napeñas  and Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero of the Western Mindanao Command, contradicted Aquino’s statement that there was no coordination with the military.

Through his lawyer Vitaliano Aguirre,  Napeñas has issued a blanket denial of Aquino’s allegations. But assuming Napeñas was guilty (as charged by Aquino), what has that got to do with Aquino’s decision to deny reinforcement to the SAF 44?

What has that got to do with Aquino’s bungling of the entire operations from Day One?  For it is clear now that Aquino had turned the otherwise legitimate police operation into a personal adventure, where he threw out all the rules and created his own.

Let us examine this proposition.

First of all, who authorized the operation?  Aquino.

Who decided to cut out DILG Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd and acting PNP Chief Leonardo Espina from the PNP chain of command? Aquino,
Who illegally brought the suspended Purisima into the operation?  Aquino.

Why was this done?  Only Aquino knows.

With Roxas and Espina out, and Purisima illegally inserted into the operation, who was the actual “operational commander,” as distinguished from the “ground commander” from SAF, in its capacity as  “force provider”?  Aquino.

Aquino was the operational commander

As operational commander, wasn’t it Aquino’s task to coordinate with the AFP Chief of Staff about the operation, and the ground commander’s task to follow through, only after that high-level coordination or “instruction?” Since Aquino had taken Roxas and Espina out of the chain, did it not become his duty to “coordinate” directly with the military high command?

Did Aquino expect Napeñas to say to Roxas and Espina: “The President has cut you out, so you are not supposed to get involved in this operation. But I am coordinating with you on my own.”  Has the SAF commander the same official standing as  Gen. Gregorio Catapang to be directly “coordinating” with him, as Aquino said he had ordered Napeñas to do?

On Monday,  Aquino said,  “If I am at fault here,  why should I take all the blame?” This reveals a complete lack of understanding what the presidency is all about. He alone or he before anybody else should take the blame. The buck stops with him. This is how the cookie crumbles.

Eddie Villanueva supported the President’s absolution of himself by offering a specious defense of his embattled friend. He said: “Even granting for the sake of argument that there were mistakes committed by the PNP SAF in fulfilling their noble duty in arresting a foreign terrorist…that along the way they committed mistakes, is that ground to demand the resignation of the President?”

Not a few  Evangelicals were embarrassed at this unembarrassed misstatement of the proposition. As everyone knows, no one is demanding Aquino’s “resignation” because the SAF  had committed any tactical errors. People want Aquino out because he had inexcusably bungled the Mamasapano operation. By ordering the reinforcement to stand down, Aquino had committed treason, as far as the SAF widows and so many other Filipinos are concerned.

Numerous and unpunished crimes

This was not Aquino’s only crime. Since August of last year, the National Transformation Council has been asking him  to step down for his numerous and unpunished constitutional violations.  Was it for this reason that no Catholic bishop, priest or religious was invited to the prayer-meeting?  ABS-CBN’s European correspondent Danny Buenafe succeeded in interviewing Manila archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who was on a speaking engagement in London.  And his was the only Catholic voice heard in defense of PNoy.

In his interview, the good Cardinal opposed the growing calls for Aquino’s resignation, saying the next presidential elections was just around the corner, and people should work instead to “strengthen institutions.”  He expressed serious misgivings about a proposal that an “advisory council” take over from Aquino.

This was at variance with the position of the Catholic and Protestant bishops and pastors and Muslim ulama, who constitute the moral and spiritual leadership of the NTC.
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These NTC leaders believe that Aquino was not really legitimately elected; that he has destroyed the Constitution; and that his immediate removal is necessary for the restoration of the country’s democratic institutions.  The NTC believes that a multi-sectoral caretaker council, which includes representatives of labor, the farming, fishing, and urban poor sectors, should  first fix the system without Aquino so that we could go back to freely holding national elections all over again.
The NTC has nothing to do with a proposal, reported by one newspaper (not the Times), for an advisory council headed by a sitting politician to run the transition. This is attributed to Aquino’s own uncle–former Congressman Jose Cojuangco of Tarlac–and his socialite-wife Tingting, who are known to support the NTC but have never claimed to be NTC members.

Aquino apparently believes the nation has swallowed all his prevarications, hook, line and sinker.  This is an illusion.  Even the language of the crowd has changed and is changing: many are no longer calling for Aquino’s resignation, or “stepping down;” they are now calling for his ouster.

They reject the argument that the next elections is just around the corner not just  because the electoral system has become totally unacceptable, but above all because to them, Aquino’s mental instability (as shown by his unexplained behavior during the Mamasapano massacre and afterward) has become the most serious  danger to the nation.  No one can predict when the next psychological breakdown would occur, and what it would cost the nation.

Aquino has given no indication why he has decided to save Purisima and  sacrifice Napeñas.  But highly informed sources tell us that despite everything that has happened to Purisima, Aquino is determined to retain him in the service, as DILG secretary after Mar Roxas resigns.

According to these sources, Roxas is set to do so  after the PNP Board of Inquiry submits its report on the Mamasapano “incident.” Roxas should have quit after Aquino took him out of the loop on the whole project. He has decided he can’t afford to miss the same boat twice, the sources said.

What about PNoy?  I pray that pious men like our good Cardinal and Brother Eddie would pray together a little bit more to help Aquino see that the nation may not be able to stand much longer all his lies.

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  1. Ang magandang dapat gawin ni p.noy ay bumaba na sa puesto ng voluntary. Ipa ubaya nya na sa may mas kakayanan humawak sa mga maselan situation tulad ng fallen 44 operation at 2010 lunita incident kung saan marami din ang nag buwis ng buhay na mga foriegn national. Wala paki alam kung triple dead na ang kanyang nasasakupan. Hindi na sya dapat mantili pa sa puesto nya. He’s stupid president!

  2. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

    It is crystal clear that this President is incompetent and does not at all fit to be a leader.. By pointing his finger and putting all the blame on Napenas about
    the Mamasapano fiasco clearly demonstrate that the does not even understand
    Command Responsibility. This is a kind of person who at the thick of the fight
    turn his back against his subordinates. He is the President and commander in
    chief of the military who in fact participated in the planning at the bahay pangarap house with his bata-bata Purisima. This a kind of person who address the
    widows of the fallen 44, table-table? Does these words sound presidential? Anyway
    if there is anyone to blame, it will be these people who voted for an idiot, incompetent, corrupt, dishonest and liar. TABLA-TABLA? COMMON. TALKING LIKE
    A KANTO BOY.

  3. nationalistaako on

    How much longer can we stand all the lies? And how much longer can we wait for the Binays in jail?

  4. Not long ago, one my former staff was visibly irritated and shaken when I told her that since she belongs to JIL that I would presume that she really believed EVIL so much. I quickly explained the “acronym” I’m referring to and she was somewhat relieved: Eddie Villanueva is Lord, EVIL for short. Well we have lots of lords in this country anyway. I still recall one (probably deceased) Buddhist Monk told me very long time ago that he believed that so called evangelist, lay ministers, faith healers are the true God non-believers, for they can fool a lot of people, earn a lot of money and influence and become powerful yet will not be answerable to God for they actually doesn’t believe it’s existence. I hope both Mr. Villanueva and my kabayan, the good Cardinal receives a text message from up there ASAP before they are totally consumed.

  5. Amnata Pundit on

    How much longer do we have to wait for the NTC to open to the people its plans and programs IF it succeeds in grabbing power and starts to rule over our lives?

    • Just a correction please. NTC is not grabbing power. It is simply asking for the STEPPING DOWN OF AQUINO who happens to be an illegitimate president. It is not grabbing power. It simply wants our institutions to be repaired and restored.

  6. I agree that the crime here is the order to stand down. And all these talk of poor planning and execution are made to distract us from the real problem which is no one even tried to assist the SAF troopers

  7. Para po sa mga religious leaders saying ‘we should rather strenghten our institutions and wait for 2016 election,’ forgive them for they don’t know, or pretending not to know, what’s going on to our country. For their information, winasak na po ang mga institution lalo na ang electoral processes gagamitin ulit ang hukos-pcos machine ng smartmatic. So, what is there to wait for 2016 election? Name an instition under this yellow noynoy gov’t that is still upright? None. Di ba ang boses ng tao ay boses no Diyos.

  8. Claro Apolinar on

    Let’s all pray, during our daily Mass, that Cardinal Tagle become more aware that –unless Aquino and the Smartmatic-PCOS machines cease to rule our elections– his naive trust in the coming 2016 elections for the voice of the people to choose our new leaders is completely misplaced.

  9. Leodegardo Pruna on

    Purisima knows too much of P-Noy, from head to foot. If Purisima opens his mouth wide, the whole bunch of mess about P-Noy will come out. Thus, the leaving out of Purisima. The problem is, Napenas has also an armory of facts about the tragedy and if forced to say it to at least protect whatever is left of respect and dignity in him. P-Noy is nowhere but with his incompetent spokespersons who are twisting and turning facts to suit their evil designs to protect their boss. Much is at stake even with the short span of time left of this administration. Hopefully, TRUTH and JUSTICE would come out for the sake of the Fallen and Gallant 44. God bless the Philippines.

  10. I really think that if Mr. Aquino refuses to go, that he should be forced to go. We did it before, we can do it again. Unless you are telling me that the Filipino people have become so complacent, so out of it, so unpatriotic, so totally lacking in sincere feelings for what will happen to the entire country. I do not believe this. We need to come together, with one voice, perfectly timed for the whole world to see.
    Unfortunately, you cannot rely on our congress anymore. Our congress has become a joke. Our biggest joker is of course Benigno and I want him to have that special smirk on his face when we take him out of Malacanang in a straight jacket, lead him preferably screaming to a waiting cell, or hospital room and close the door.
    I am no longer just disappointed. I am angry now. And I am sure that I am not the only one. This man, this bloody liar, this incompetent fool, this sorry excuse of a president, will not leave on his own. I seriously think he wants to be hog-tied and taken out screaming. So let us not disappoint him.

  11. I believe the reason Aquino is not heapng blame to Purisima is on an advice from a saner adviser. Blaming Purisima on the Mamasapano fiasco is tantamount to admitting his ordering Purisima to lead that operation which violated the Ombudsman’s suspension order. Aquino is clearly in quandary and given his frame of mind, some adviser step in to put order on his actions. However, Aquino is not capable of putting order on the maze of lies that he has gone into. Now this is his dilemma.

  12. Samuel Santos on

    “This was at variance with the position of the Catholic and Protestant bishops and pastors and Muslim ulama, who constitute the moral and spiritual leadership of the NTC.” – As far as I am concerned, this sentence clarifies everything.

  13. Maybe the opposition can not wait but the majority of us can wait. We do not even want that the Present President term will be over. Your comments are all against the
    economic growth of the country and the fight with corruption which are the number one problem of our country. Continually talking the same topic without solution which are one the part to be good critic. “SABAW NA MAY GATA/GATA NA SABAW.” is how you are commenting the topic. Plus you are making it the most, the only and the number one problem of the country. Political reason??? most definitely. Maybe that is the only subject you can comment because the country are all normal to excellent or just clueless/just do not want to see the progress of the country.

    • Well said Eloy. When all is said done, this president with all his faults is still going to come out as the best president this country ever had. He is the only president that has successfully fought corruption by seeing to it that
      cases involving the high and the mighty are pursued.

      His fault in the massacre of many of the elite police force in Mindanao
      is he’s having reinstated the suspended Purisma to lead the operation.
      Otherwise, he should not be faulted by the failed operation. The deployment of the forces is in the hand of the field commander.

      Incidentally, I find it hard to swallow to hear of Tatad calling people liars
      when he himself is guilty of having lied to the Filipinos during his tenure
      as the Minister of Public Information under President Ferdinand Marcos from 1969 to 1980; in his tenure as senator; and as one of the 11 senators who voted against opening an envelope that had been alleged to contain incriminating evidence again Estrada.

      Fritz Acuna
      Guam, USA

    • re: concerned citizen

      eloy & fritz acuna are talking about how they love to kiss aquino’s arse in exchange for god knows what. you are right to ask what they are talking about, for evidently their posts here, are way off-topic – way out there in outer space… evidenced by them calling their president as the “best president this country has ever had”. for them its hooray for hocus pcos?

  14. Lies have karmic effects on PNoy and his cohorts. PNoy is toasted. He does not have room to wiggle out. The more he moves and opens his mouth, the tighter the sqeeze of the boa constructor makes. Eventually, PNoy will be out of breath and power to get out of his unnumerable lies.

    Psychopath, harakiri is the only way out, but PNoy does not have any gut and balls to do it. He is a COWARD. THAT WHY HE LIES. LIAR rest in pease but a liar does noy have peace.

  15. Lahat ng dahilan upang alisin ng taong bayan si Aquino,ay nakita na at nasa kamay na,
    Ang masakit ay hindi nila makuha ang tulong ng malalaking media at negosyanteng nakikinabang sa kanya at mga senator at congressman na nagtatamasa ng salapi na pinamumudmud nito. sa kanila!
    Ang mga justices na dapat magtaggol sa taong bayan ang sila pa ang bumabaloktot ng hustisya!
    Sobra na ang talamak ng kasakiman at walang hustisya ngayon bumabalot sa ating sambayanan!
    Kaliwat kana wala kang makitang maaasahan ng totoong pagbabago!
    Kung may climate change, sana dumating na ang pagbabago ng mga namumuno sa gobyerno!
    Yung mga nagtuturo ng religion,sana magkaisa naman kayo,pandagdag pa kayo sa kamalasan ng bansa,kung sisip-sip kayo sa sa itaas na lang baka may mapala pa ang taong ang kaluluwa nila ay ilagak sa mga kamay ninyo!kawawang mga kaluluwa!!umaasa pa naman!

  16. Any news that tells us of the likelihood of a Pnoy ouster is welcome news. God knows this country has tolerated this Abnoy far beyond its capacity to endure. Any news therefore of a brewing move to oust this ungodly creature, this illegal settler in Malacanang, is rain to a parched earth. .It is comforting to know we don’t have to take his lies anymore. Nor his playing God over us. With him and his cohorts jailed, this country can breathe easy again.

  17. FILIPINAS,Gising! Are you proud of BS Aquino as president who doesn’t have any leadership quality and talks like a “kanto boy”? Is the AFP/PNP proud of BS Aquino as CIC who doesn’t know how to own up and keep pointing fingers just to clean his asshole? This mongrel has degraded time and again the Office of the Presidency down to the gutter. Shame! And his “allies” in Congress continue to support him in exchange for some anticipated bribe. These carpetbaggers continue to sell their souls to the devil. “Those whom the gods want to destroy they make them mad”.

    • Hey buff head! Many do. Maybe you don’t cause you are a yellow turd like the father and son Villanueva opportunist who are known LIARS. You would probably believe that. Eddie Villanuevaspoke to God who told him the the Abnoy is innocent, just as he said God said he would be president. And that that brat son of his Joel savoring a ministerial position and who kept calling PGMA peke is now condescending this hocus pocus president. what say now JOEL.