LAST week, I wrote that Benigno S. Aquino 3rd will go down in history as the president who lost his credibility to the Filipino people (MT, March 7, 2015). This is on top of and/or because of being the Most Incompetent President (MIP) of the Philippines!
The prevarications of President B.S. Aquino 3rd on the Mamasapano Massacre made him lose whatever was left of his credibility. Forty-six days have passed since the January 25 savage Slaughter of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Yet President Aquino has chosen Not to Tell the Truth.
In the presidential prevarication on the Mamasapano Massacre made on January 28 that was broadcasted live nationwide, the Chief Executive avoided telling the truth by not directly answering the question on who gave the order to implement Operation Exodus. But what made matters worse for him were the flagrant lies he made recently in a meeting in Malacañang with evangelical leaders last Monday on March 9.
During the prayer meeting in Malacañang, President Aquino dumped all the blame for the slaughter of SAF troopers on PNP-SAFDirector Napeñas. The sacked SAF Commander allegedly gave PNoy the Wrong information on what was happening on January 25 and disobeyed the presidential order to coordinate with the military (Armed Forces of the Philippines). Mr. Aquino claims that he was “fooled” by former SAF Chief Napeñas!
No less than former President Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) spoke out last Tuesday after President B.S. Aquino 3rd placed all the blame on the ill-fated Operation Exodus solely on the Special Action Force (SAF) Commander Getulio “Leo” Napeñas, Jr. Former President Ramos made known that he was “so disappointed with the language used “ in the speech of Mr. Aquino that was made before pastors, bishops and other church leaders.
FVR also observed and lamented the failure to maintain the dignity of the Office of the President, which is very important, with the pathetic speech made by PNoy. Mr. Ramos emphasized that this is not the first time it happened but also in previous instances. The highly-respected statesman cited the “high standard of behavior” that is expected of a Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief.
Senior Senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña 3rd has recently commented that PNoy is suffering from a “Crisis of Credibility.” The remark instantly reminded of the same situation with then President Ferdinand E. Marcos in the 1980s before he was deposed in the EDSA 1 People Power Revolution. Earlier, Senator Serge Osmeña had severely criticized the Child-President for his stubbornness not to apologize to the Filipino people.
Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma was reported in the press that President Aquino will not – never? – apologize on the Slaughter of the 44 SAF commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. If this is true, then this is good because it will hasten the removal of PNoy from the Office of the President in Malacañang.
Role of resigned PNP Chief Purisima
While President B.S. Aquino 3rd viciously (angrily and cruelly) attacked the former SAF Commander for the disaster of Operation Exodus, he conveniently forgot to touch on the role of his BFF (Best Friend Forever) Alan Purisima. The suspended PNP Chief, who has resigned due to its aftermath, was appointed Commander of the tragic operation by President Aquino himself. Was there a conspiracy between the president and his FBB in the usurpation of authority?
President Aquino was communicating via text messages with his BFF Purisima on that fateful day of January 25 on the developments of the SAF operations. What PNoy said in his speech that he was given the wrong information and “fooled” by SAF Commander Napeñas defies logic. Earlier in February, he spoke of betrayal by someone he trusted referring to resigned PNP Chief Purisima.
PNoy could have easily asked Acting PNP Chief Leonardo Espina and/or DILG Secretary Mar Roxas for updates, but he did not. Likewise, the same he could have done with the AFP Chief of Staff General Gregorio Catapang and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. They were all in Zamboanga City that day. Thus, Mr. Aquino has no excuses for not knowing what was happening with the ill-fated operations.
Resigned PNP Chief Purisima did not cooperate with the PNP Board of Inquiry (BOI) investigation on the Mamasapano Massacre. Likewise. Purisima also did not answer the questions and invoked “executive privilege” during the Senate hearings. There were four Senate closed-door Executive Sessions with the police and military officers, including then suspended PNP Chief Purisima.
The worst thing about Purisima is that he has not condoled with any member of the families of the 44 slain SAF commandos. This is unforgivable since he was the appointed Commander of the operations that claimed the lives of their loved ones. Perhaps this is analogous to the despicable absence of President Aquino in the solemn arrival honors at Villamor Air Base even if he could have attended the ceremony had he only wanted to.
PNoy should have fired Purisima a long time ago. This was after the corruption issues surfaced against him in 2014 with his huge estate in Nueva Ecija and the controversial construction of the PNP Chief’s White House inside Camp Crame. Yet President Aquino opted to keep his BFF even after his suspension by the Ombudsman.
Time to say goodbye & let it go
In a short span of only less than eight weeks beginning January, President Benigno S. Aquino III gave four major speeches that were unprecedented and unpresidential. What he said were untrue, unfair and unkind to the persons or groups concerned.
The first was his infamous speech on January 16 in the presence of His Holiness, Pope Francis, who was his guest at the Malacañang Palace that became the talk of the town. President Aquino claimed that “many members of the church, once the advocates of the poor, the marginalized and the helpless, suddenly became silent in the face of the previous administration’s abuses.” PNoy was pilloried in the press, which he richly deserved, because they were both uncalled for and a deviation from the truth.
The other three speeches delivered by the shameless president from January 28 to March 9 are related to the Maguindanao Massacre. What he said last Monday regretting giving his approval to Operation Exodus contradicted his statements on January 28 when he equivocated that the SAF operation did not need his personal knowledge and approval!
Worst, in all his three speeches the Chief Executive Never Condemned the brutal slaughter of the 44 SAF elite police commandos by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and other armed groups. PNoy was particularly careful not to excoriate the MILF because he wants the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) passed by Congress by June this year regardless of the Mamasapano Massacre!
It is now obvious that President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd is a HOPELESS Case. Thus, he must be removed from office either through his resignation or People Power that has ousted two undesirables presidents.