Senate panel to bare Purisima testimony

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THE Senate will reveal everything that former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima disclosed behind closed doors if President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not invoke executive privilege, according to Sen. Grace Poe.

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The chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs said she is willing to reveal to the public Purisima’s testimony during executive sessions held by the panel last week. This includes transcript of Purisima’s messages to the President on January 25, the day of the Mamasapano clash.

Poe said she does not see any reason why the former PNP chief would refuse to divulge details of his conversation with the President.

When he attended Senate hearings, Purisima requested that he be given time to seek clearance from the President to answer Poe’s question on who informed Aquino about the Mamasapano firefight.

Poe said since the committee has not received any letter from the Office of the President invoking executive privilege, her panel will reveal Purisima’s testimony.

“Unless Malacañang invokes executive privilege, we we can disclose everything,” the senator said in a radio interview aired over dzBB on Sunday.

Purisima has been invited to attend a Senate hearing today, and Poe expects him to reveal the details of his communication with the President.

Poe’s committee also invited Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario to shed light on reports about the involvement of the United States in the Mamasapano operation, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd and acting Philippine National Police chief Leonardo Espina.

Also invited were Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr.; Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin; government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer; Mohagher Iqbal, chief negotiator for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF); and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

The committee is also expected to reveal lapses committed by police, military and government officials that may have contributed to the tragic outcome of the operation to capture two terrorists.

According to Poe, there were many mistakes committed by various officials, including how government officials informed the President of the incident.

She said while it is expected of Aquino to issue an order to save the trapped SAF members, he must have the current information first for him to be able to issue the right orders.

“This is what we want to find out, what kind of information did the President receive because that information will be the basis of his decision,” Poe added.

She said almost every department and agency involved in the operation committed a mistake and from the committee’s point of view, those responsible should be removed from their respective posts.

More than 300 SAF men were sent to Mamasapano, Maguindanao, last month to carry out a mission to arrest suspected terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan.

The SAF commandos were able to kill Marwan but members of a SAF team who served as the blocking force were cornered by combined forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

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6 Comments

  1. P-NOY knows what is going on he would rather save the BBL than the lives of the SAF Police.P-NOY send the SAF Police to do a mission and they accomplish the mission with courage and determination,then in the end P-NOY betrayed and abandon them.

  2. The thing is will he comply, we know here so many dont do what is expected of them. To me the president should have come straight out & said everything he knows abut this, & by not doing so implies he is up to no good, he is hiding something. I hope alan peter ceyatano is involved as i love the aggressive way he questions people. Its the right thing to do, you shouldnt be nice to them, we want to get to the bottom of things, to the truth. Then if there is no problem all is ok for everyone. But if something sneaky or underhand was done or said we will find out.

  3. Poe said while it is expected of Aquino to issue an order to save the trapped SAF members, he must have the current information first for him to be able to issue the right orders. If it is true that Pnoy was watching the Mamasapano incident in real time using the the drone coverage, then first the question of who informed him about the Mamasapano is not a question at all. Second this shows how his leadership is all about. Just watching the SAF 44 being massacred by the enemy without doing anything in a timely manner to save lives. (SAF, BIFF & MILF). Failed leadership = palitan na.

  4. Abnoy-noyingski on

    Sa executive privilege session, nabayaran na siguro ng mga Malacanang tenant ang mga senador, di ba bayaranyan gaya ng nangyari kay Corona? Mahirap na magtiwala kapag involved ang Noynoy na ito!

  5. sonny dela cruz on

    To Senator Poe, Is there any law to tell the filipino people the truth of what Purisima have said in their executive hearing? If the truth have been said why consult the President. The legislative branch is an independent body, they can do anything without asking the President. The Senator should learn more of the constitution before holding the office as a senator. NAKAKA-HALATA NA AKO!