• Palace clears Purisima

    A Candle for  Aquino Members of bayan light candles during a rally at mendiola to press their call for President benigno aquino 3rd to step down because of the massacre of 44 police commandos in maguindanao.  PHoto By Ruy Martinez

    A Candle for Aquino Members of bayan light candles during a rally at mendiola to press their call for President benigno aquino 3rd to step down because of the massacre of 44 police commandos in maguindanao.
    PHoto By Ruy Martinez

    Asks public to wait for probe results

    A day after President Benigno Aquino 3rd announced that he has let go of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima, Malacañang said it is premature to blame the newly resigned police head for the deaths of 44 police commandos
    in Maguindanao.

    Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said on Saturday that it would be best for the public to wait for the reports of various panels that investigated the incident in Mamasapano that left 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos dead.

    Lacierda said the investigating bodies, among them the PNP’s Board of Inquiry, will determine the role played by Purisima in the operation that aimed to arrest top terrorists Zulkifli Hir alias Marwan and Abdul Basit Usman. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has said that Marwan was indeed killed in the Mamasapano operation that also left 7 civilians and scores of Moro Islamic Liberation Front members dead.

    Suspended SAF chief Getulio Napeñas has admitted that he reported directly to Purisima despite the latter’s suspension.

    But Malacañang maintained that the public should not jump into conclusions.

    “The role of General Purisima, if any, would be revealed in the testimony in the Board of Inquiry, or in the Senate, or the House. Let’s just wait for his testimony,” Lacierda said in an interview aired over Radyo ng Bayan.

    “All these inquiries will converge on certain point. For instance, what was the operation? There were several operations to neutralize Marwan. I’m sure that will be discussed, as well as the history of those operations and the present concept . . . and what has happened to the execution vis-à-vis the operation,” he added.

    Lacierda is hopeful that Purisima’s resignation will enable the nation and the police force to move on and focus all efforts in seeking justice for the fallen policemen.

    “The concerns about having a PNP chief who is suspended and a PNP OIC (officer-in-charge) will have to be addressed right now. The President and the Secretary of Interior and Local Government will have time to discuss the appointment of the new PNP chief and that would provide continuity and, certainly, improve the morale of the PNP,” he added.

    He said giving justice to the 44 commandos killed in Mamasapano is part “of the institutional buildup or morale buildup of the PNP.”
    “Certainly, we look forward to the appointment of a new PNP Chief,” Lacierda added.

    Sen. Grace Poe, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order which will conduct a probe on the Mamasapano incident, welcomed Purisima’s resignation.

    “There are those who will say that it would have been best if he [Aquino] immediately appointed a new PNP Chief for clarity in chain of command, but this is a sensitive process that you can’t pack in a short address,” she said in a radio interview.

    But for House Deputy Minority Leader Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna party-list, the President has again sacrificed people to wash himself off liabilities.

    “He accepted the resignation of Gen. Purisima without explaining the general’s role in the operations. Because he was under suspension, Purisima can only command the operation upon the order of Pres. Aquino. He is therefore guiltier than his friend. We are asking suspended SAF Commander Gen. Getulio Napeñas to defend himself and his men instead of taking the blame from President Aquino,” Colmenares said in a statement.

    “It will be a disservice to the slain 44 SAF men if he allows President Aquino and General Purisima to escape responsibility by blaming the SAF for the botched operations,” Colmenares added.


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    1. We don’t blame Purisima, we blame his boss, the Commander in Chief. The buck stops with him…or is that hard to understand? Afterall who can give a suspended chief the power to “act” ? Mahirap bang isipin yan?

    2. In Japan one who has commited acts of dishonor have no recourse but to commit Hara Kiri , ,, I guess we do not share the same sense of responsibility ,,,,or honory

    3. puro imbestgasyon tapos wala naman resulta. what happened to the investigation of the corruptions of Enrile, Estrada, Napoles, et al? what was the result of the investigation and court martial of the commanders of the special forces ops last year that resulted to the ambushed of dozens of SFs? now another investigation of the SAF massacre. and what about the Ampatuan investigation? up to know still pending? I guess this is the way the justice system in a banana republic.

    4. Leodegardo Pruna on

      Another demonstration of incompetence. Knowing that the Filipino people have short memories, Lacierda, a blind and incompetent follower of the same kind and brand- P-Noy, says for the people to wait for the results of the finding of the BOI. The Filipino people are already fed up with this kind of reasoning because it is already clear coming out of their mouths how P-Noy and Purisima playing probably a computer game with another favorite closed in relative, have been discussing the “Wolverine” plan later named “Plan Exodus”. With this messy kind of governance, God bless the Philippines.

    5. Carl Cid Inting on

      So what was that televised show about accepting Purisima’s resignation for? To stop investigations on Purisima that might lead up to Malacañang’s doorstep?

    6. as I see it purisima simply retired a little earlier with all the perks and benefits on top of the largesse he has stockpiled from his corrupt career. He will be riding into the sunset of his retirement on his SUVs and I could picture him thumbnosing everybody behind the tinted windows of his SUV as he drives by. What a disgusting result this is after botching the operation that killed 44 policemen he is rewarded like this. He should have been fired, stripped of all benefits, indicted and jailed but since he is a friend of pnoy he is instead allowed to just resign (retire in style) with all the accolades of pnoy of losing a treasured buddy. What a pest these people are.

    7. Fearless forecast, PNoy will move heaven and hell to make Purisima off the hook. The yellow propagandists must be working overtime, looking for formulas and they will come out with another survey from SWS and Pulse Asia that PNoy is still very popular and very happy of PNoy performance. As easy as this.

      • Leodegardo Pruna on

        P-Noy and Purisima are the most popular today besides the cabinet made up of blind followers and fault finders. Incompetent as they are covering each others ass, the Filipino people are left patiently waiting for things to shape up as it is being pulled down by the incompetent in government. God bless the Philippines.

    8. This is ongoing practice of philippines politics, you steal, make a boo boo and resign, and keeping the loot, apologize and quit with a lot of money. Catholic way of doing things

      • Justaskingseriously on

        What makes you say these people are catholic and their ways are catholic? Do you have any real idea how to be a catholic? What you have written is called being judgmental. Not good. First establish that these pagans are catholic. Name names. Then define what it takes to be a catholic. Then your readers can follow your conclusions. Or your readers can make their own conclusions, thanks to your guidance. You might win converts to whatever it is you profess.

    9. Pareho din kaya ng mga mambabatas na nasuhulan din si Gen. Napenas? Hindi nakapagtataka ito sa isang Presidente katulad Noynoy.