ALL President Noynoy had to do immediately in the aftermath of the January 25 Mamasapano massacre was to come clean and take responsibility.
Being the Commander-in-Chief, he ordered and authorized Oplan Wolverine (also referred to as Oplan Exodus) which resulted in the atrocious killing of 44 PNP’s Special Action Force (SAF) troopers.
Further, he had conspired and authorized suspended P/Director General Alan Purisima, who is facing graft charges, to direct the execution of the operation in Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)-controlled area.
Purisima sent 70 SAF commandos on a “suicide mission” in the rebel lair to hunt an international terrorist Zukifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, who carries US$6 million bounty on his head, and MILF/BIFF bomb expert Abdul Bassit Usman, with a price of US$3 million on his head.
And worse, Noynoy and Purisima treacherously shut out the Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP OIC chief Deputy Director Leonardo Espina.
Needless to say, it is Roxas’ duty and responsibility to oversee the operation of the PNP, as well as the PNP chief.
But, Noynoy chose to by-pass Roxas, his loyal friend and supposed successor as President and Commander-in-Chief.
Noynoy’s betrayal of Roxas only goes to show how much respect the President has for his loyal friend, who’s been reduced to a mascot.
What does being treated like shit by Noynoy make Roxas look like? Nothing but shit.
Though kept in the dark, Roxas is as responsible as Noynoy and Purisima for the gruesome death of SAF44.
Which self-respecting man would not have resigned his post?
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago yesterday most succinctly put it.
The President, who is Commander-in-Chief, may be criminally liable for “war crimes” under the principle of command responsibility.
Santiago noted that the government has a ceasefire agreement in place as part of the peace deal process, and yet, he goes on to launch an anti-terrorist raid in MILF territory.
Noynoy must be aware of the ceasefire agreement and the need for coordination with the MILF, thus the possibility that Malacañang may have “coordinated” with the MILF leaders.
But, the MILF factions who assume all sorts of pseudonyms, such as Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), would not honor ceasefire agreement.
The country’s Commander-in-Chief clearly issued illegal orders through Purisima.
The SAF under the command of Police Director Getulio Napeñas, Jr. was literally led to a death trap.
“Whose advice was he (Noynoy) taking and what precautions were taken to protect the lives of these almost uniformly very young policemen?” asked Santiago.
Definitely it wasn’t the Interior Secretary Roxas whom Noynoy listened to.
Sino’ng demonyo ang pinakinggan ng Pangulo?
Santiago echoed the question why there was no coordination and preparation for the military encounter.
Under the principle of command responsibility, Santiago said, the person who orders soldiers into a combat area is equally responsible as ordinary soldiers and other officials.
She said the military commander and other superior officers found guilty should be punished according to “rules derived from established customs, from the principles of humanity, and from the dictates of public conscience, also known as the Marten’s Clause.”
Santiago, an international law expert, was earlier elected judge of the International Criminal Court.
At the very least, Noynoy is clearly guilty of gross negligence, as well as incompetence, that led to the 44 law enforcers’ grim end.
Where and what was the Commander-in-Chief doing during the hours that the SAF troopers were being executed?
Now, can his lies and misleading statements stand scrutiny?