NOT everything that happens in the Philippines and to our lives has to do with the Mamasapano massacre.
And not all developments are negative, signaling rough times ahead.
As if to soothe nerves and cool tempers in our grieving and wounded nation, the Supreme Court of the land, just nine days after the tragic events in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, decided to hand down its final and long-awaited decision on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of the Aquino administration.
The court was emphatic in affirming its original decision in July 2014, and in denying the motion for recondsideration filed by the Office of the President.
But it gave our beleaguered chief executive one noteworthy consolation. It allows him to rachet up government spending, in order to sustain growth of the economy at a high level.
This, plus the nearness of the end of his presidential term, might be enough to keep his presidency from dissolving in chaos and public indignation.
Still, the truth must be told about Aquino’s role in Wolverine
Nevertheless, the truth about the matter of the President’s involvement as the person who commanded the operation to get Marwan and Usman—and ordered reinforcement troops to stand down—must be told.
The Times on Friday Feb. 6 ran the banner story “PNoy ordered AFP, SAF to stand down.” It narrates our source’s testimony that the President had replied “Negative, Negative” to the rescue force commander’s information-query: “Papasok na kami, Sir.”
The only reply his spokesmen gave to our question about this was “It is best to wait for the results of the inquiry.” Why wait for the inquiry when the President can either affirm or deny that such a thing really happened?
Another issue is whether it is true that the operation that caused the death of 44 of our best young commandos was really a US government operation? The authorities–the Palace, PNP and AFP–have been telling us that the PNP-SAF’s mission was “to serve warrants of arrest” on Marwan and Usman. But whose warrants of arrest? Our information is that our PNP-SAF commandos were there just to escort the Americans operatives who were actually the ones tasked to serve the US government’s (not the Philippine government’s) warrants of arrest on the two “high-value targets.”
Still other questions, among scores of other important ones, are these:
Did the President’s OPAPP (Peace Process) officials contact their Moro Islamic Liberation Front counterparts to request (beg?) them to stop the slaughter of our PNP-SAF commandos by about a thousand MILF/BIFF fighters? And did the MILF leadership refuse the appeals of President Aquino’s peace negotiators?
And why, despite the MILF leadership’s refusal to give our 44 PNP-SAF men a break, does Mr. Aquino still obsequiously defer to the MILF as “his friends” and continue to proclaim passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law as if without it our Republic is doomed?
The truth is doom for our Republic is likely to come with the creation of the Bangsamoro substate envisioned by the unconstitutional and treasonous Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro. For the secession from our Republic of that large chunk of Mindanao that will become the MILF controlled Bansamoro region becomes more feasible than ever.
Yes, we must thank God Almighty for still giving us Filipinos a Supreme Court that seeks to put a stop to the abuses of this PCOS-machine created president.
But we must reiterate what we said in this space on Monday—Aquino as president gravely endangers our nation.
So, let us pray that the Supreme Court ruling on DAP makes Aquino and his close associate Budget Secretary Abad give orders and sign documents to release funds for job-creating projects that will reduce unemployment and poverty.
But we must continue to pray also that God moves him—to RESIGN NOW.