The Mamasapano that Aquino wants to delete from his memory

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What would you make of these?

• President Aquino’s deafening silence in his State of the Nation Address (SONA), that 44 Special Action troopers were massacred in Mamasapano, Maguindanao by Muslim insurgents in the government operation to capture global terrorists during his term.

• His no-show as guest of honor on the founding day of the Philippine National Police Academy, during which a huge canvas painting of all the SAF 44 was to be unveiled. He unceremoniously snubbed it—earlier ordering the PNP to abort a scheduled unveiling, to which Vice President Jejomar Binay agreed.

• His order to remove the canvas from the main hall of the PNP Academy. His spokesperson, Herminio Coloma, has been so used to lying through his teeth the past five years that he didn’t even realize how ridiculous his explanation of that order sounded: “There was no appropriate place for it in the camp because they do not have a museum.”


• His order, through the Presidential Management Staff, to abort the posthumous awarding of the Medal of Valor to SAF officer PO2 Romeo Cempro and the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the lone survivor of the massacred team, Supt. Raymundo Train. The Philippine Daily Inquirer, which has been Aquino’s big fan, quoted an anonymous government official as explaining: “The President did not want to bring back the memories of the Mamasapano [encounter].”

I believe the Inquirer. What Aquino’s weird actions portray is similar to a situation in which a mobster boss (or a tyrant king in ancient times) orders no word be uttered in his presence that would remind him of some evil deed he did in the past. In his perverted mind, Aquino foolishly wants to delete the Mamasapano massacre and his role in it from the history books. He is afraid that bringing up the topic would bring up his role in the massacre.

The SAF 44 painting that Aquino didn’t want to see. A widow of one of them, Roselle Nacino, with their baby in her arms, looks pensively at the image of her husband, Nicky, in sniper camouflage. (The genius of this piece is the haunting beauty with which each of the 44 troopers was portrayed exactly as they looked in real life on to the canvas based only on their file photographs.)

The SAF 44 painting that Aquino didn’t want to see. A widow of one of them, Roselle Nacino, with their baby in her arms, looks pensively at the image of her husband, Nicky, in sniper camouflage. (The genius of this piece is the haunting beauty with which each of the 44 troopers was portrayed exactly as they looked in real life on to the canvas based only on their file photographs.)

Aquino’s complicity in the massacre of the SAF 44 troopers, if only we had an independent Congress and media, is enough to impeach and boot him out. Our Congress and Press would go down in history for their colossal failure to bring justice to the massacre of its elite troops by making Aquino accountable.

The facts of Aquino’s complicity are so crystal clear:

He was on top of the entire operational planning, and even had three meetings in Malacañang with suspended police chief Alan Purisima and then SAF head Police Chief Superintendent Getulio Napeñas, and even intelligence officer Fernando Mendez. However, it was illegal for Aquino to appoint as his de facto operations man his bosom friend, Purisima, who had already been suspended by the Ombudsman at that time.

For that, Purisima was charged by the Ombudsman for usurpation of authority. But it was Aquino who ordered him to usurp authority. Why wasn’t he made accountable? Could Purisima refuse an order by the President, his close friend?

He remained on top of the entire operation as the tragedy was unraveling on January 25. He even boasted in an impromptu speech before the SAF two days later that “Maaga pa lang, tuloy-tuloy na ang mg ulat na natatanggap namin.” (Since early morning, the reports have been coming in continuously.)

He was with his top security officials in Zamboanga City that day, starting early in the morning up to dusk on the pretext of checking on a bombing incident two days before.

His scenario, though, was for him to immediately go to Cotabato City, an hour by helicopter, to congratulate the SAF troopers for their capture of the global terrorists in Mamasapano, and to boast how he himself was on top of the operation. Yet even when he had received reports that the SAF troopers were pinned down and begging for artillery and air support, Aquino did nothing.

It wasn’t as though he was stupid or too dumbstruck to rescue the troopers. The chairman emeritus of this newspaper, Dante Ang, had reported, based on his reliable sources, that Aquino actually ordered the army to stand down, as their efforts to rescue the SAF troopers allegedly would risk his peace talks with the MILF. This claim has not been refuted.

Aquino and Purisima have covered up the President’s complicity. The transcript of his cellphone conversations with Purisima had a yawning eight-hour gap, which is impossible.

Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares exploited the investigation in the Senate – lucky for her as she was head of the committee on public order that had jurisdiction over the issue. The investigation catapulted her to national attention, so much so that she now thinks she can be President – because of her seeming boldness in declaring that “Aquino must own up to the responsibility for the massacre.”

But she actually, in effect, aborted her committee’s report by not submitting it to the plenary for discussion. Technically therefore, her report, which she announced in a press conference in March – five months ago – is still pending. i.e., without conclusions. Llamanzares was in the best position to call for a deeper investigation into Aquino’s role that led to the massacre. She didn’t.

A cartoon by artist “Andoyman” getting viral in social media.

A cartoon by artist “Andoyman” getting viral in social media.

Our nation, though, may owe much to Llamanzares. Aquino realized that what Llamanzares did in the investigation of the Mamasapano massacre was a clear message: “I can go against you, or I can save your skin, especially when you step down from power. Why choose Mar?”

That pushed Aquino to consider for a few months making Llamanzares his anointed for 2016, rather than his sidekick Manuel Roxas II. Roxas, of course, raised a howl, and likely threatened Aquino to rat on him if he wasn’t anointed.

As a result, Aquino’s Yellow Gang has lost its tempo, its momentum for the 2016 elections 10 months from now, with the Liberal Party becoming divided over the issue.

The Yellow Gang’s defeat in 2016 could be the SAF 44’s revenge, and we would owe them not only for their heroism in fighting terrorism but for helping get rid of this yellow pestilence that has descended upon our nation.

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23 Comments

  1. 1. Mendiola massacre
    2. Luneta hostage crisis
    3. Hacienda Luisita massacre
    4. Yolanda tragedy
    5. Mamasapano massacre
    6. LRT/MRT fiasco
    7. DND scandal on second hand helicopter purchased
    8. PNP patrol vehicle overpriced
    9. Yolanda multi billion donated funds missing
    10. Unconstitutional BBL
    11. Proposed 2016 budget for 3T pesos allegedly pork barrel was included for election purposes

    These are the Aquino family legacy to the Filipino people. ” I want the Filipino people to suffer so that they can remember Marcos” Cory Aquino….

  2. Sa yolanda7000,zamboanga200,sendong1500 nakatulog si aquino at nakuha pang ngumiti.ang saf44 sigurado di na makatulog si noy dahil mag rereport ang saf44 sa commander in chief at sabihin stand down sir!

  3. Wala namang talagang alam gawing matino para sa bayan ang NOYTARD.Mentally retarded nga eh.Sa mukha pa lang ng gago ay mukhang retarded talaga.Mula ng magsimulang manungkulan bilang solon hanggang ngayon ay walan g matino talaga na ginawa sa masa,kundi manisi,dumaldal,maghiganti,manuhol,magprotekta sa KKK,magpabaya,magtamad at manigarilyo ang gago.

  4. Re: Mamasapano Report

    While Sen. Poe did not submit the report in the plenary, it was submitted to the Ombudsman to review and file charges, if necessary, to all people involved including PNoy.

  5. I admire the heroic deed of this 44 soldiers. The painting must be haunting
    for BSAquino to see. He will have to face them come judgement day whether he likes it or not .

    I am glad the Artist took a stand in delivering this painting as a message to remind us all that they are awaiting for Justice to be served.

  6. brandogandanghari on

    Rhetoric ni noynoy, “walang iwanan sa tuwid na daan”.

    Pero SAF44 iniwan sa gotna ng bakbakan.

  7. Aquino must be sleeping in fear that he may have his friends around him all the time, or family. as for poe, that was when I was so unhappy with her, she did not pursue the angle that directed to Aquino. but now she says she would submit her report! so she is holding this as her ace to threaten Aquino that if you don’t, iwill do this, if you do, I wont do that. Sneaky little woman there! and so many like her because she is the daughter of susan and poe? think again, look at all the facts before youwrite roxas name or poe’s. both are carved from the same vine!

  8. Ang yaman na ninakaw sa kaban ng bayan ay maaring maibalik at mapagdusahan sa kulungan. Subalit ang buhay na kinuha ni kamatayan ng dahil sa kapabayaan ay di na maibabalik magpakailanman. At ang nagdurusa ay ang mga naiwanan…

  9. the mamasapano massacre should be written in our Philippine History, as well as the most stupid, idiot, incompetent President of the Philippines we ever had… We will not forget this event and more events must be written in the Philippines History not in Phil Daily Inquirier that deprived the life of Filipino people esp. this SAF officers who died for our country. Also we will involved these newspaper connive with this Yellow Mafia Syndicate of Malacanang including the President himself.

  10. Sa nangyari sa mamasapano, pinatunayan ni Pnoy mas mahalaga sa kanya ang mga MILF kaysa sariling tauhan na buong pusong naglilingkod sa kanya at sa ating bayan.
    Mas mahalaga sa kanya ang BBL kaysa ang FOI, Sanay magising ang ating mga kababayan at ipalasap sa kanya ang ginawa ng kanyang ina kay ERAP

  11. OCCASIONAL NIGHTMARES IS HOUNDING BENIGNO AQUINO III IN HIS SLEEPS FOLLOWING THE DISASTROUS SAF 44 CARNAGE. THE PORTEND OF ILL CONSEQUENCE WILL BEFALL ON AQUINO IF HE PROCEEDS IN AWARDING THE MEDAL OF VALOR TO THE LONE SURVIVOR FROM THE MASSACRED, TEAM EXCLUDING THE POSTHUMOUS AWARD TO THE FALLEN 44.

  12. I agree totally sith your article. I could not say the conclusion any better .
    Se must rid ourselves of this scouge and its perpetrators who have impoverished and enslaved the Filipino people ,robbing us of hope and dignity

  13. Thank you Ambassador Tiglao – A VERY BEAUTIFUL COLUMN.
    Minomolto na si BS Aquino.

    Mabuhay Ambassador!

  14. Robert Balmes on

    Enough of this yellow ribbon power. Come 2016 choose the president that is not associated with the present regime. Either Binay, Grace Poe, Lacson, Defensor or Duterte anyone but not Roxas, please.

  15. “In his perverted mind, Aquino foolishly wants to delete the Mamasapano massacre and his role in it from the history books. He is afraid that bringing up the topic would bring up his role in the massacre.” – Bull’s eye hit on that observation. The Fallen 44 like Tacloban are now unmentionables to BSA and with good reason. These two events highlighted the abysmally lack of apathy BSA has to people. Tacloban was a the high point that showed how callous BSA is and Masapano simply confirmed it firmly. For BSA people are nothing more than chips to be played in the gaming table of politics.

  16. This columnist may be right in perceiving that the benevolent ghosts of SAF 44 may be the ones that can exorcise this country from the curse of the MADONNA aquino presidencies that have pained this country since 1986……

  17. “A high heart ought to bear calamities
    and not flee them, since in bearing them
    appears the grandeur of the mind and in
    fleeing them the cowardice of the heart”
    Pietro Aretino

    Pnoy Aquino’s lack of actions, callousness, and sheer disrespect for SAF 44 has confirmed his inability to lead, to take responsibility, and to be a man. He has disgraced himself in front of the nation, and is unfit to be commander-in- chief.

    The souls of the deceased will follow him in life, until they meet again on the day of reckoning.

    “There is no refuge from memory and
    remorse in this world. The spirits of our
    foolish deeds haunt us, with or without
    repentance”
    Gilbert Parker

    • The guy Don’t have the balls to face the music,at least Kris have the balls to pick and choose her men(s)…and lots of them too….,i think Bnoy is missing a man of his life

  18. We must thank Aquino and his five years in office for accelerating the downfall of this Yellow scourge. We don’t need another thirty years of these sanctimonious thieves and wolves in sheep’s clothing.