Roxas wants speedy trial for Purisima, Napeñas

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LIBERAL Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II has pushed for a speedy trial of Alan Purisima, former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), and ex-Special Action Force (SAF) Chief Getulio Napeñas, who are facing charges of graft and usurpation of authority in connection with the 2015 Mamasapano tragedy.

Roxas made the stance a day after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered the filing of criminal raps against Purisima and Napeñas in what she described as the Mamasapano massacre, which left 44 SAF troopers dead – the biggest loss of a government elite force in history.

The 44 SAF members died after they were ambushed by combined forces of the rebels and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), as the SAF troopers successfully killed the international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan.

“It is a welcome development that she (Morales) already finished her job, and we expect a speedy trial on this,” Roxas said. “It is very important that we bring those responsible before justice and punish them accordingly.”


Roxas, then-Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), was not informed of the Mamasapano operation even if the PNP was under the supervision of the DILG.

Purisima, who was under preventive suspension by the Office of the Ombudsman during the Mamasapano operation over an allegedly anomalous courier service contract, called the shots in the operation despite his suspension. Napeñas followed the orders of the suspended PNP Chief.

But for Akbayan party-list Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez, spokesperson for the LP-led administration coalition, the Ombudsman’s decision was a vindication for Roxas.

“We welcome the verdict of the Ombudsman,” he said in a statement. “It validates what has been established in the Senate, AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), PNP, and DOJ (Department of Justice) investigations, as well as what Mar has been saying all along: Purisima and Napeñas are the ones who should be held responsible for the deaths in Mamasapano.”

Gutierrez added, “It is one firm step forward toward achieving justice for those who lost their lives in this incident.” LLANESCA PANTI

LP/BF

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  1. gusto ni roxas ng fast resolution sa kaso kasi hindi kasali su pinoy at nagpapapel in the hope tataas ang survey rating niya. ang kawawa si napenas kasi nagamit siya, sana napenas should have told everthing about mamasapano kaso tinakpan niya si pinoy, hindi tuloy nasali si pinoy.

  2. Jose Samilin on

    Very, very bad indication of President Aquino’s inept and irresponsible administration, where Filipino people increased the agony of their sufferings for the President’s incompetency. It is just unthinkable we have a kind of President like this. Do not ever attempt to adopt his ways by his principle that he employed in “Daang Matuwid” utilizing almost a third of the national budget, almost a Trillion pesos of DAP?PDAF and left nothing for the needs and services of his people, but used for political patronage and bribes, that left him a legacy as the only, ever in history “the financial dictator president of the Philippines.” Let us bring Duterte in his Federalism for much needed change. Every presidential candidates seem to stand in similar footing as their effectiveness and truth, but not really. The difference is when these programs and principles of its administration would be carried out by the structure and principles of Federalism under the iron hands of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as can be elevated to the dignity and reputation of Davao City’s development and the peace and order situation, an attractive condition seen from outside by sensible foreign investors. This is Duterte’s strength that are foreign to other presidential candidates of our 2016 election.

  3. Roxas and Aquino should be on trial.

    The Ombudsman is corrupt and not capable of charging the people really responsible for the deaths of the SAF police Aquino and Roxas.

    Aquino and Purisima refused to turn over their cell phones during the investigation, Roxas stood by and did nothing while the SAF were massacred.

  4. Let them face charges so they will talk and once the current Malacanang tenant is out of power he will face the music. No to Roxas and LP! And Barry Gutierrez be careful of what you wish for!