THE speech President Aquino gave early evening yesterday was useless. It was again a mentally dishonest exercise designed to give Aquino Yellow Army loyalists a reason to praise their Shining Commander in Chief and satisfy the unthinking, uncritical portion of our population who still believe in the probity of this PCOS-machine created president.
The speech did not offer any hint of an answer to the gravest questions in the minds of the people, specially the women and children who are widows and orphans because their fathers were massacred — some of them mutilated — by the fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and their buddies in the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). The MILF, in Aquino’s own words, are people who have become his friends.
Aquino did not inform us who–if it was not he–who was in the supreme commander’s position controlling the movements of the PNP-SAF commandos on that tragic day. And who–if it was not he–who gave the “stand-down order” to the reinforcement forces of the Philippine Army and the PNP-SAF commandos who could have aided the doomed 44 SAF Heroes.
Instead he made a big thing of accepting the resignation of suspended PNP Chief
Alan Purisima, who thanks to mendacious leaks and half-truths from Aquino’s lips and those of his spin-meisters, has been the focus of suspicions as the person in command of the fatal mission in Mamapasano, Maguindanao on January 25.
As in his previous speeches, Aquino used up a lot of time recounting personal details. This time these were about his close relationship for decades with Purisima. But unlike his previous speech in which he admitted having been given briefings by Purisima, last night he did not say anything about his old buddy’s role in the Mamasapano Massacre.
Laster, interviewed by ABS-CBN, Purisima denied having commanded the operation on Sunday January 25, He praised the heroism of the PNP-SAF Heroes and referred to himself as a former member of the SAF. He admitted having been involved in the planning at the beginning of the very beginning of the SAF operation against Marwan and Usman. But he bristled against the claims published in media that he was in command of the fatal mission two Sundays ago. He promised to appear at the Senate hearing on this matter.
Aquino in his speech referred to himself again as the “ama ng bayan” (the father of the nation) and waxed sentimental about having lost 44 of his children. But he never spoke about being sorry because he has at least overall command responsibility for their deaths.
What he said was that as the country’s leader, he assumes responsibility for the 44 police commandos and vowed to help obtain justice for them and help ensure the wellbeing of the fallen commandos’ families.
He did not remotely admit any responsibility for the strange events surrounding the mission, the presence of Americans, the massacre of the SAF commandos by armies of the MILF and the BIFF.
He in fact sounded as if the MILF were his friends!
He did not say anything about our page 1 banner yesterday, “PNoy ordered AFP, SAF to stand down,” revealing that it was he, while in the US Drone Control Center in Zamboanga City, who had said “Negative, negative” in reply to the words of a government military commander saying “Papasok na kami, Sir” because his unit wanted to act on the besieged SAF men’s call for help.
In Malacañang, Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma was asked for what the Palace had to say about our headline story. He gave a brief answer: “It’s best to await the results of the ongoing inquiry.”
God have mercy on us Filipinos under the rule of a Liar President who has achieved total control of Congress, the Justice Department and other agencies that should be on the side of the people and our Republic.