• Purisima fed Aquino info on Mamasapano

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    NOW THEY’RE TALKING Interior Secretary Mar Roxas gestures as he answers questions in yesterday’s Senate hearing. Roxas and military officials were finally able to tell senators on Monday what time they informed President Benigno Aquino 3rd of the clash in Maguindanao after failing to do so in previous hearings. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

    NOW THEY’RE TALKING Interior Secretary Mar Roxas gestures as he answers questions in yesterday’s Senate hearing. Roxas and military officials were finally able to tell senators on Monday what time they informed President Benigno Aquino 3rd of the clash in Maguindanao after failing to do so in previous hearings. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd knew of the clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, at dawn of January 25 because he was informed about it by suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima.

    Purisima admitted sending a text message to the President at 5:45 a.m., telling him that Marwan was killed by Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.

    At the resumption of the Senate committee hearings on the Mamasapano clash on Monday, the now resigned PNP head disclosed the exchanges of text messages between him and Aquino on January 25 when more than 300 SAF men carried out a mission to arrest terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan.

    “Sir good morning. For info SAF elements implemented oplan against high value targets. As of now sir result indicate that Marwan was killed and one SAF trooper wounded. The body of Marwan was left behind but pictures were taken. The troopers are now withdrawal phase and progress report to follow,” the message sent to the President at around 5:45 a.m. read.

    Purisima received a reply from Aquino at 7:36 a.m., asking why the body of Marwan was left behind. He told the President that the SAF troops had to pull out because they were fired upon by a group of Muslim rebels.

    Based on the transcript of text messages, Purisima also told Aquino about the presence of artillery support from the military.

    When asked by Sen. Francis Escudero why he informed the President about the artillery support when the military has not yet sent reinforcements, the suspended PNP chief explained that he only forwarded the text message of Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero, who said that military support teams are available.

    Guerero, who was present at the Senate hearing, clarified that his text message was to inform Purisima that the military had teams that can be deployed upon orders.

    “My intent was to tell him these are the available sources on the ground. I didn’t say that my artillery and tanks are already there providing support,” the military official also explained.

    Purisima also gave updates about the clash to now suspended SAF chief Getulio Napeñas.

    Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd said he also received a text message from the director of the PNP Intelligence Group (IG) at 7:43 a.m. containing a forwarded message of Napeñas about the operation against Marwan.

    Roxas, who was then on his way to Zamboanga City, said he forwarded the message to the President.

    Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said he learned of the Mamasapano operation around 11 a.m.

    The officials, however, claimed that they were not aware of the real situation.

    While the Senate panel made public some of the text exchanges between the President, Purisima and other government officials, it is still unclear what Aquino was doing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on that day.

    The President’s last text message to Purisima, based on the transcript, was sent at 10:16 a.m. when he was in Zamboanga City purportedly to attend a briefing on a bombing that rocked the city.

    There were reports that Aquino monitored the Mamasapano clash at the drone command center at the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) in Zamboanga City but no such information was brought out during the hearing.

    The President also on Monday met with the leaders of the House of Representatives to discuss the Mamasapano tragedy and its implications on the peace process in Mindanao, a Malacañang official said.

    Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino briefed the House leaders on the background of the operation for the capture of Malaysian bomb Marwan and Filipino bomb maker Usman.

    According to him, the President said he had given specific instructions to Napeñas on the need for coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and for Purisima to inform PNP Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina.

    He, however, found out later that these instructions had not been followed, Coloma said.

    WITH CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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    1. No one believes Pnoy anymore. Even those who voted for him are criticizing him already and his followers are slowly dwindling.

    2. Finally, almost a month after the Mamasapano Massacre, Purisima produced the alleged text exchange between him and BS Aquino during those critical moments.

      In the midst of that life-and-death situation, when every second counted for the SAF commandos trapped by MILF terrorists, Purisima texted BS Aquino to inform him. And BS Aquino found time to tap the cellphone keys one at a time to compose his questions and for Purisima to text back his replies.

      Why didn’t the two of them just talk, using their cellphones or the Malacanang landline? It would have been faster and more convenient. Instead, they resorted to texting — if Purisima is to be believed. Why?

      Oh, I get it. You can present visual evidence of text messages, never mind if you wrote them just a while ago. Not possible if it was spoken or oral communication.

      Purisima’s texts aren’t anything like the texts you usually see. They look scripted by somebody other than Purisima or BS Aquino. No abbreviations and shortcuts. Fully spelled words, complete sentences, coherent paragraphs, punctuation marks. Too smooth to be credible. (Compare these with earlier Purisima texts published in the newspapers.)

      But BS Aquino’s allies in the Senate went along with the farce and pretended to believe Purisima. Pretend, because even they cannot be that stupid. Bribed and corrupt maybe, but not that stupid.

    3. Director Napenas is a great leader his teams killed the Malaysian bomber Marwan this is the man that did a lot for our country and ask for nothing.How about you Sen.Drilon what did you do for your country except from getting rich from the peoples money.For you politicians that dont know shit,time on target is the same method the US use in killing Bin Laden.MGen.Pangilinan cannot be trusted because he is in business with the MILF and BIFF.

    4. Very clear that P-NOY abandoned and betrayed the SAF Police in favor of the enemy the terrorist MILF.For all we know P-NOY might have given the greenlight thru the traitors Deles and Ferrer to the terrorist MILF to go ahead and massacre the SAF Police just to appease them and save the BBL.P-NOY is the only leader in the history of the world that sacrifice his men in favor of the enemy.What an animal may you rest in hell.

    5. It was clear in Purisima’s testimony that he was given authorization by Pnoy to plan and execute the mission to capture Marwan using the SAF commandos. Why Pnoy would ask a suspended military man to actively participate in an important mission is beyond the comprehension of everybody. Pnoy is really living in his own world.

    6. OKAY , OKAY…. Granting that was what really happened … BUT WHEN HE LEARNED THAT THE 44- SAF WERE ALREADY IN DIRE NEED OF HELP FROM THE OTHER ARMED FORCES OF THE MILITARY,,, WHY OH WHY DID AQUINO REFUSED TO LET GO THE REAL RE-ENFORCEMENT TO SAVE THE SAF OR SOME SAF AT ALL COST…AQUINOS DECISION AT THAT VERY MOMENT WAS THE MOST VITAL AT THAT CRUCIAL MOMENT FOR THE 44-SAF WHO WERE STILL HOPEFUL BUT WERE HOLDING THEIR BREATH ,, GRIPPING ON A HAIR FOR THAT ONE VITAL DECISION TO COME OUT FROM AQUINO’S DROOLING MOUHT . BUT.. NO, AQUINO WAS FIXATED ON his PERSONAL SELFISH AGENDA WITH THE BBL … HIM AND HIM ALONE ALWAYS TAKES PRECEDENCE COZ AQUINO HAS ZERO (0) LEADERSHIP and HEARTLESS HEARTLESS HURTLESS
      THIS IS THE QUESTION THAT