LP wants Poe out of Mamasapano probe


Sen. Grace Poe should no longer preside over the Senate probe on the Mamasapano massacre that left 44 members of the Special Action Force dead, the Liberal Party (LP) said Friday.

Akbayan Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez, one of the spokespersons of the ruling party, was referring to the reopening on January 25 of the investigation by the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs chaired by Poe.

The Senate Committee on Rules led by Senate Majority Leader Alan Cayetano allowed the fresh probe based on the request of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile who claims that he has new evidence on the matter.

Poe’s panel has wrapped its hearings and came out with a Committee Report signed by 21 out of the 24 senators. The report said President Benigno Aquino 3rd has ultimate responsibility for the bloodbath because he allowed then Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima to lead the planning and implementation of the operation to go after terrorists in Mindanao despite his suspension by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on graft charges.

“I welcome the statement of Senator Poe that she will just serve as the moderator instead of asking questions. But since she is at it, I say it would be better for her to inhibit from the proceedings [since she is a candidate in May],” Gutierrez said.

He noted that Poe also sought the inhibition of three Supreme Court justices who had earlier participated in the deliberation of the disqualification case against the senator at the Senate Electoral Tribunal.

“She has espoused that the justices should exercise delicadeza (propriety), and that call could also be applied here [in the Mamasapano hearing]. It would be better if the Presiding Officer is not a candidate,” Gutierrez said. “They should let other senators who are not running to conduct the probe.”

Politically motivated
But Aquino believes that the reopening of the Senate investigation was politically motivated.

“Well, we are aware that the campaign period is coming soon. Among our opponents, they see that this has been the greatest burden I have had since I took office. Perhaps they are trying to take this opportunity,” the President said.

“Of course, as President, as the father of the nation, I can’t let emotions take over here…You know, January 25 is my mother’s birthday, the first anniversary of the Mamasapano incident, it’s like they are insisting that you must suffer here. Now, there is a saying, we can see it in the teachings of the church that I belong to, in the Bible, ‘the truth shall set us all free’,” he added.

Two Senate committees tasked to investigate the carnage agreed to reconvene on January 25, exactly a year after the special operation to neutralize Malaysian terrorist and bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir alias “Marwan” led to the death of 44 police commandos, 14 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels, and some civilians.

Citing his experience in the Senate and alluding to Poe, Aquino said it was an insult for a committee chair and members if a report would be brought back to those who crafted it.

“So I asked if things have changed in the Senate, and the Senate President answered me that the committee chair did not refuse so that is why it (report) was returned to the committee. If the committee chair had refused, the plenary would have voted whether the report would be returned to them or not,” he added.

The President believes that the “mastermind” behind the reopening of the inquiry may have ill-feelings toward his Administration.

“We can see that politics is a big factor. Perhaps we should not forget who initiated this,” he said.

He admitted though that the reopening of the inquiry was a good opportunity to “complete the picture” of what really happened during the bloody clash.


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  1. we all know abnoy is the commander in chief he approved the plan and trust His BFF purisima..he think the milf will not inference because of the bbl..but he is wrong the milf betrayed him..and tell all soldiers to stand down because of the bbl…

  2. The SC Must resolve first Enrile”s bail on non bailable offense. I slick si Enrile sa kulungan

  3. BSAquino , you are the one responsible for all the 44 soldiers massacred . You are a Coward and Betrayed the men in uniform who died believing that they were serving their Country !
    Opening the investigation is important if this will teach you to Man up to your Responsibility ! You keep blaming everyone except yourself .

    • I agree 200% that Abnoy is the most guilty of the mamasaPANOT massacre. He should be jailed along with the mentally retarded because He is retarded president. Inutile na bakla.

  4. I do agree with the request of Gutierrez to let Llamanzares inhibit herself from the reopening of the Mamasapano case. Llamanzares is taking all the opportunities for whatever controversial issues to let her name appear in all the media. Other than paying some reporters to issue and publish everyday and anything for her name, Lllamanzares is considered an opportunist who will do everything to attain her ambitions even if she is not qualified. She should go back to her former job of a nanny of a pre-school. And that’s the reason why she is topping the surveys when in fact she did NOTHING in senate. Although the reopening of the case is politically motivated, the btruth will prevail

  5. He admitted though that the reopening of the inquiry was a good opportunity to “complete the picture” of what really happened during the bloody clash.

    Pnoy going to cooperate this time ? Is he going to turn over the cell phone records ?

    Purisima going to turn over his cell phone records this time ?

    What about answers on why no reinforcements to help the trapped police ?

    Poe going to give this report to another Aquino ally instead of to the senate again ?

  6. Yes, of course. Just like the three SET justices, Mrs. Grace Poe Llamanzares should exercise “delicadeza” and inhibit herself from the new Mamasapuno hearing. “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander”. Why should she be allowed a second chance at the bat just because she did not do a proper job the first time around? She will undoubtedly politicize the new hearing and use it as a vehicle to forward her blind ambition to occupy the number one political position in the Philippines. Thank goodness, the LP and some of the electorate are full of political savvy and are on to her and will stand on guard against her grandiose plans. She should not show her face at that new hearing even for one second! Remember, she may be thrown out of her senate seat anytime soon!