SAF officer to military: Man up, admit you failed us


TENSION gripped the second and last day of the congressional inquiry into the Mamasapano incident as a police Special Action Force officer dared his military counterparts to “man up” and admit their fault in the January 25 police mission where 44 SAF troopers were killed.

Wednesday’s joint hearing of the House Committee on Public Order and Safety and the Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity convened around 9 a.m. and was still ongoing as of 9:30 p.m.

Mohagher Iqbal, vice chairman and chief negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), whose absence in Tuesday’s hearing “displeased” congressmen, appeared in the hearing. Legality of his use of an alias or nom de guerre was brought to fore during the hearing.

The usually composed AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. made heads turn about four hours into the hearing when he accused the sacked SAF commander, Director Getulio Napeñas Jr., of having no trust in his military counterparts for keeping them out of the loop in the planning and implementation of Oplan Exodus or the top-secret “law enforcement” mission to capture international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and Abdul Basit Usman.

Secretary Teresita Deles, the presidential adviser on the peace process, also lost her cool after Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat remarked that the government peace panel should start taking the side of the Philippine government. She snapped back and dared the congressmen to file a complaint against them if they believe they are siding with the MILF.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima again defended President Benigno Aquino 3rd and exonerated him of any criminal liability for the bungled police operation, reiterating that the concept of “chain of command” does not apply to a civilian agency like the Philippine National Police.

She disclosed that a Department of Justice panel is completing its report on the case that she said would pave the way for filing of criminal cases in court against people involved in the death of the SAF troops.

De Lima said they have secured a witness who claims to have seen how the firefight between the police commandos and armed men, including fighters from the MILF and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters as well as private armed groups, unfolded.

Supt. Michael John Mangahis sought permission from the congressional panel that he be allowed to “speak freely” after Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares asked him to respond to a narration of Col. Gener del Rosario, commander of the Army’s 1st Mechanized Brigade, on how the Mamasapano incident came about.

Del Rosario earlier said they failed to come to the aid of the beleaguered men from the 55th SAF Company while they were under heavy fire because they were not given the right information on where they were exactly located.

Mangahis, along with then SAF deputy commander, Chief Supt. Noli Taliño, met del Rosario at the headquarters of the 1st Mechanized Brigade at the time the SAF commandos arrived in Mamasapano town to execute Oplan Exodus.

As members of the 84th SAC managed to gun down Marwan, the 55th SAC troops who served as the blocking force were trapped in a cornfield and were under fire from MILF fighters. Taliño and Mangahis went to del Rosario and asked him for artillery support.

The police and the military have been at odds over the allegedly delayed artillery support for the beleaguered SAF troops. Police officials said they would not have suffered heavy casualties had the military immediately responded to their request. The military had been insisting that they could not order cannon fire as they did not have enough information from the ground.

Explaining why they could not provide artillery support, del Rosario said the SAF officers could not give the exact location of the beleaguered SAF troops and were only giving him estimates. He claimed civilians were also in the area.

Taliño and Mangahis refuted his claims.

“I believe that I already had properly explained the position of our troops in our first meeting with Col. del Rosario,” Mangahis said in Filipino.

Taliño, who later replaced Napeñas as SAF commander, read aloud his text message to del Rosario in which he pinpointed the grid coordinates of the trapped SAF commandos. He said del Rosario eventually turned down the request, saying he lacked clearance from his commander, Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, commander of the 6th Infantry Division.

Mangahis rebutted del Rosario’s account, saying the question that begs for answers is how the military acted “from the first minute that they were informed until the last bullet was fired by our troops.”

“During our briefing with Col. del Rosario at 7 to 8 a.m., I was able to explain the location of our troops. He even gave a recommendation with a tactical map for artillery and ground reinforcement, then infantry. Then I heard him talking over the phone, and the peace process was mentioned. That is why I know Col. del Rosario understands what I told him about,” he said.

The 15-minute verbal tussle between del Rosario and the police officers ended with strong words from Mangahis, who told the military colonel to, “Man up sir. Man up sir”.

ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, a retired police general, moved to subject the officials to a lie-detector test to determine who among them is not telling the truth. The motion, however, was opposed by Rep. Elpidio Barzaga of Dasmariñas City, Cavite, and Rep. Rodolfo Biazon of Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila) for fear that such would scare off future resource persons, if not violate their right against self-incrimination.

Basilan Rep. Jim Hataman-Saliman, chairman of the House Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity, decided to defer ruling on Pagdilao’s motion.

Magdalo party-list Rep. Ashley Acedillo, a former Air Force officer, then made a motion to strike Mangahis’ “Man up” dare from the record since it is tantamount to condemning the military official as a liar.

With PNA


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  1. The claim that Pinoy ordered the AFP to stand down because of the peace process is totally absurd. Wasn’t it that PNoy is the one who ordered several attempts at capturing Marwan even before the Mamasapano incident which he also ordered and suddenly he would order the AFP to stand down? Gumamit nanam kayo ng utak ninyo huwag na lang puro paninirang kathang isip. Kaya mabagal ang pag-asenso natin ay dahil puro pulitika ang laman ng utak ninyo. Kailan pa bakayo magbabago? I hope this comment will be published even if it is against the known anti-Aquino stance of this paper.

  2. It’s about time to stop the blame game. Mistakes were made. The best thing is to learn from it so that we can avoid another fiasco. Hopefully the next Commander-in-Chief will not be as clueless as the present president.

  3. Rosauro Feliciano on

    Few days ago I mentioned that the late Marwan was a Thorn in the Neck of the CIA and perhaps of the Americans as a nation founded by believers in Christ. So, for this reason the Americans were determined to capture Marwan dead or alive because of his leading participation in the Bali, Indonesia incident. As Marwan took refuge in our Sothern Philippines and cuddled by Filipino terrorists the situation was not that easy to run against Marwan as proven on several occasions, because while our law Enforcers were still planning, the terrorists already got advanced information about the operation against Marwan. Also, as we can decipher about what is going on the latest Mamasapano investigation, our government peace panel appears to be siding with the terrorists and now even the Justice department is now siding with Iqbal by saying the our law against Alias is just a flaw. So how much more to think about the American nation whom we consider as our mentor or counselor to be looked upon to emulate and who could be at our side when our own people who are negotiating peace with the MILF are siding with leadership of the MILLF? We Filipinos must have to have that sense about doing anything relevant to move into just one direction for our own benefits. The presence of the Americans in our country is purely for training as we are told and it must stop there, PERIOD. They want us to do about what they want in order to get rid of the so called Thorn in their Neck and we were given the exact information where Marwan was, then again it must stop right there, PERIOD. We must do our own planning into penetrating where Marwan was by having good coordination between the AFP and the PNP as we are having all the freedoms at our disposal to do so and not the American about telling us what they want us to do. The aftermath of the Mamasapano Operation was a great success for the Americans because the “Thorn in the Neck” was healed at the great expense at our side, which as a result we are still spending much times in debating as who is at faults while the Chinks are encroaching our backyards.

  4. why don’t you focus your attention to west Philippine sea. the chinky Chinese are laughing at you Filipinos. while they’re grabbing those inlets, you pinoys are fighting amongst yourselves. the 44 saf are dead, you can’t bring them back. you must think of the other 100 million alive pinoys. your territorial integrity is at stake. wake up pinoys, don’t be stupid.

    • Forget the Chinese! These Moro terrorists and Malaysia are about to steal 1/3 of the country under your very nose. Would you rather exchange a few reefs for the whole of Mindanao? If we can’t control the seas around Mindanao, what makes you think we can defend these reefs against a much superior Chinese navy? Your ignorance is appalling.

  5. Hello dustin. mukhang nakisawsaw etong si pnoy sa strategy ng mga nasa ibaba. nakakatawa ang sagot nitong si col. del rosario sa mga bintang ng saf officers.better to be nakakatawa kesa ma blame nga naman itong c pnoy sa maling desisyon. save pnoy at all cost. ilan pa bang maling desisyon ni pnoy ang ating tatanggapin? 44 saf commandos now. ano na naman kaya in the near future? should we just sit in one corner and wait for something kapalpakan ni pnoy to happen again?

  6. Crisostomo Ibarra on

    Tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may.

    Veritas Omnia Vincit

  7. Why blame the army for not fully engaging in the rescue effort, when they were not even part of the mission, nor were they given any trust in the planning and implementation? Why blame the army for not giving immediate full rescue support, when there were 300 plus more SAF in the immediate vicinity to provide the support, instead of the army who were farther away? Why blame the army for not “standing up, or man up” when if true they were given a stand down order from the highest command? Is it not also true that whoever was leading the entire SAF force on the ground, have those 300 plus SAF officers and men to deploy as necessary? Why would they need the army when they have more than enough officers and men already on the ground to execute full rescue and retrieval? These two SAF officers are looking to incriminate another branch of service, so they can not be accused of obeying also a stand down order they received from the highest command.
    When they asked for artillery support from the army, are these officers aware of the destructive width of the likes of a 105 mm howitzers. So if the army gave the artillery support without better coordinates, and civilians and soldiers became collateral damage, then the SAF can now put the entire blame on the army.
    This is a dirty trick being perpetuated by the SAF against the army just to save their skin. It should be Purissima and Abnoy and the SAF command who should be told to “man up”

  8. Gen. Napenas… To protect your reputation and give justice to your fallen men, reveal the truth who ordered you to to stand down…

  9. mikhail hieronymus on

    If they tell the TRUTH, those military man will probably lose the future one star on their shoulder. What are a few lies, compared to another star on their shoulder?

  10. Guarantee President BS Aquino promise one more star for MGen Pangilinan and one star for Col.del Rosario,these two jackass lied to their teeth in depending their action in order to protect the stand down order by the terrorist lover and coward President BS Aquino.

  11. The people have already had a clear picture of the mamasapano tragedy. This is a US initiated operation to get Marwan and other terrorists in maguindanao dead or alive. To avoid a backlash of dipping their fingers on a purely internal matter… they dictated Abnoy to carry out the plan for them, providing him details of the mission including a drone asset to monitor real time situations just like in the movies. Abnoy whose thirst for the Nobel Peace award was no secret to all immediately grab the opportunity provided he will choose the people who will implement and execute the plan. He chose the suspended purisima to lead the operation and personally handpick his men. Abnoy was not in zamboanga to inspect the incidence of bombings but used that as a disguise with the help of the yellow media to monitor real time situation on the progress of the mission with the help of the drone asset provided by US, at the same time anticipating a successful mission that will locked up his claim for the Nobel peace award. After hell broke loose and witnessing the carnage happening…instructed his lapdogs to stay quite and prepare their alibis…. first and foremost …i should be shielded together with my GF purisima….bottomline is I will not admit my mistake and say sorry… to my TONGGRESSMEN ALLIES wala kayong PDAF kung sasambulat ito clear ba Sa yo mr. Belmonte

  12. readers like me are interested in the actual languages spoken in the congressional inquiry. if you want to water down or intend to, take it to executive session like what the ‘transparent’ senators did. then by their examples, you can water it, “rinse” it, then you can publish your report in the words of your choice, as original, unexpurgated, unabridged…man up sir!. man up!

  13. To Deles, hintay hintay lang, malapit na 2016.
    Sabat sabay nalang kayo kakasuhan. Hehe

  14. What’s wrong with daring a liar to “man up” and show some spine? This del Rosario was clearly lying, in league with his equally lying boss Ca-Duwag and their master Lying Psycho.

    Continue to speak up, Supt Mangahis and Supt Talino.The Filipino people need and salute you for your courage, honor, and integrity.

    Don’t let Acedillo and the Trillanes clones in the Magdalo gang who have sold out to the Lying Psycho muzzle you.

  15. Regis Seaman on

    “It was my decision to attempt the rescue operation. It was my decision to cancel it when problems developed in the placement of our rescue team for a future rescue operation. The responsibility is fully my own.” ……President Jimmy Carter on the failed Iran Rescue Mission (April 25, 1980).

  16. Arogante talaga ang kirat na yan who responds thru the name, teresita deles.

    Wala namang alam ang hambog na yan. Ang kanyang track record? Nasa non-government organization (NGO) yan dati aka civil society organization (CSO or evil society organization).

  17. I also had to laugh when i heard one of them say we didnt have exact co ordinates of exactly where they were. Well if they just got anywhere near im sure they would have heard all the gunfire & im also sure someone in charge had some type of phone or communication device on him. To me its beyond comprehension that the army just didnt send troops to help them.

    • sir, they were told to stand down from higher ups..that’s the untold missing link..

  18. I wonder if pnoy is not in a chain of command position with the pnp if then when there is an operation going on he keeps out of it & lets them concentrate on what they have to do. If he isnt in this position of chain of command then let them just report to him after everything is completed then he cant be blamed for anything. But i am very sure if this operation had been successful he would have taken full credit for it.

    • Hello dustin. mukhang nakisawsaw etong si pnoy sa strategy ng mga nasa ibaba. nakakatawa ang sagot nitong si col. del rosario sa mga bintang ng saf officers.better to be nakakatawa kesa ma blame nga naman itong c pnoy sa maling desisyon. save pnoy at all cost. ilan pa bang maling desisyon ni pnoy ang ating tatanggapin? 44 saf commandos now. ano na naman kaya in the near future? should we just sit in one corner and wait for something to happen again?

  19. Hector David on

    The SAF members an officers should stand their ground .. As is we can see yellow spineless represent a thieves are all over in Congress.. You owe it to the fallen 44 , your country and your children . Ashes to ashes Dust to dust .make a difference ..make your mark in history against overwhelming odds .. Have faith . Righteousness will prevail .. To quote a known phrase “there is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise friends to fight our battles for us ..the truth will Se is free

  20. AFP and PNP if given order they will obey,President BS AQUINO ordered the AFP to stand down in order to protect the BBL and the peace process sacrificing the SAF commandos who successfully exterminate the Malaysian bomber Marwan.Our coward President is the only and only one to be blamed.If the traitors Deles and Ferrer give him advice not engage the terrorist MILF then the President will still be responsible on the death of the Fallen 44.

    • Maxtar Tudtud on

      I agree. I totally believed that aquino gave the order to stand down resulting to the death of our heroic SAF 44.

  21. “The usually composed AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. made heads turn about four hours into the hearing when he accused the sacked SAF commander, Director Getulio Napeñas Jr., of having no trust in his military counterparts for keeping them out of the loop in the planning and implementation of Oplan Exodus”—should’nt he be telling this to PNOY instead?

    • Maxtar Tudtud on

      Yes, he should be telling that to aquino but he is afraid to do that because he might loose his CS position which is now politicized. How tragic.

  22. Venerando Desales on

    The ‘man up’ dare must remain on record. To delete that would mean cover up! Congress must also find out why the PNP distrusts the military that the former had to delay the coordination with the latter about the Mamasapano operation. Didn’t the MILF and BIFF gleefully admit that most of their weapons came from the military through corruption? Didn’t we read in the papers in the past that a dragnet could have captured the Abu sayaf had it not been ordered removed thru sweet deals by unscrupulous commanders of the military with the bandits? A check and balance system must be refined between the military and the PNP.

  23. Gen Napenas hold your ground and tell it as it is. The people know who is lying and who is not. The military claim of insufficient information about the location of the SAF is a blatant lie plain and simple. If the military commanders were at the drone center of the US as reported, what better information were they looking for in terms of coordinates that the drones couldn’t provide them since the drone was flying overhead in Mamasapano in real time during the course of the encounter. If you feel betrayed by PNoy and the rest of the lying cabals nobody can blame you. I believe myself this the highest form of betrayal.

    • Maxtar Tudtud on

      we should now rally behind and support Gen. Napenas. I believed he is the main man who can unlock the treachery that resulted to the death of SAF44.

  24. Now the hearing conducted by the lower houese is better than the senate hearing. It was revealed that the real heroes are the SAF commanders who felt are being betrayed by the army and it’s commander in chief Bobo Simeon Aquino.

  25. Supt Mangahis should be given 5 minutes to explain why apparently their training was lacking and the SAF/PNP blocking forces could not seem to read maps.

  26. Now we know why Chief Supt Talino was not appointed chief of SAF vice Napenas. Continue to speak up Supt Magahis and chief supt Talino, so truth will be known what happened in Mamasapano!

  27. Sa sobrang takot sa pagsunod at pagtatakip kay Aquino nilulunok nila ang kahihiyan wag lang nilang maisabit ang pangulo!
    Pagbaba ni Aquino saka lang lalabas ang katotohanan, at ang detalyadong nangyari sa SAF 44!
    Sa ngayon Tanggapin na muna ang ano mang ipalabas nila!
    Bakit natin tatanggapin ang kasinungalingan?