A presidential apology will reduce public outrage over the Mamasapano tragedy, a lawmaker said on Friday.
Rep. Silvestre Bello 3rd of 1-BAP partylist made the statement amid President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s plummeting trust and performance ratings.
“Tulad ng sabi ko, sorry lang ang katapat ng problema niya (As I said before, saying sorry will solve his problem),” Bello said.
Based on the latest Pulse Asia survey, 79 percent of Filipinos are not contented with Aquino’s explanation on the Mamasapano incident, 10 percent are contented and 11 percent are undecided.
Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro said that he agrees with the Board of Inquiry (BOI) finding and the Senate report that the President bypassed the chain of command.
“[A]nd he dealt with a suspended PNP chief [Alan] Purisima so therefore he has to explain that,” Rodriguez said.
“He has to own responsibility. He is the head of state and he approved the plan. I think the President owes our country the acceptance of responsibility for the Mamasapano incident,” he added.