Trillanes ‘tale’ spinner, wedge driver

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THE Philippine National Police branded as a “tale” a claim of pro-administration Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th that members of the PNP Special Action Force deliberately excluded the military from an anti-terrorist operation when they invited Army commanders for a drink on the night the SAF stormed terrorists’ lair in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, in Mindanao on January 25.

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The PNP said Trillanes’ story only aimed to divide the police force and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) even as it maintained its commitment to uphold the strong bond of camaraderie and unity with the AFP.

In a statement on Wednesday, the PNP assailed insinuations “that tend to undermine the professional brotherhood and inter-operabililty of police and military security forces in the aftermath of the Mamasapano incident” in southern Philippines

Senior Supt. Manolo Ozaeta, head of a special project for Mindanao, has submitted himself to his superiors for explanation after being alluded to as the police intelligence officer who “wined and dined” Philippine Army commanders.

Ozaeta, an intelligence officer, confirmed that he hosted a two-and-a-half hour traditional “boodlefight” dinner at the Del Rio Splash Resort in Koronadal City on the evening of January 24.

The dinner, he said, was attended by some police and military officials based in South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City (Soccsksargen).

Among the guests, according to Ozaeta, were key officers of the Army’s 601st Brigade, including some battalion commanders.

In his manifestation, Ozaeta clarified that the dinner was a gesture of gratitude and goodwill to officers of the 601st Brigade in recognition of previous successful joint operations launched by PNP and AFP units in Central Mindanao.

He said the party was originally scheduled as a lunch or dinner party in November and December 2014 but was later moved to 6 p.m. of Saturday, January 24, upon suggestion of AFP counterparts to ensure availability of all guests since it was on a weekend.

The official maintained it was purely coincidental that the dinner was held hours before SAF police commandos launched Oplan Exodus in Mamasapano to arrest Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and Filipino bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman on January 25.

Forty-four SAF troops were killed by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in an ensuing gunbattle.

Ozaeta said the party started promptly at 6 p.m. and ended when he and the brigade commander left around 8:45 p.m.

If at all alcoholic drinks were served during the dinner, these beverages normally come with parties, he pointed out.

“It has no link whatsoever to the Mamasapano operations nor was it intended to divert our counterparts’ attention from reinforcements as both units did not expect such operation in Mamasapano in the first place,” Ozaeta explained.

He said he has been working closely with AFP units based in Central Mindanao on some occasions, leading to successful joint operations against threat groups.

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8 Comments

  1. I think he was just wondering why the other troops didn’t move accordingly… If senator trillanes is correct in saying that the reason why troops didn’t get to their objective because of unfamiliar terrain that’s unacceptable. They should have known it. They’ve conducted trainings and studied the surroundings first
    If that is the case Gen Napenas is really in trouble.

  2. I agree with the view of senator Antonio Trillanes , That the senate commitee report has left out material and pertinent facts about Mamasapano incident.

  3. Bakit kailangan nyong mgpretend na ok kayo. Sino ba ng simula na mgpinpoint at iblame ang kapalpakan nla sa AFP? Mga ipokrito kayo wag nyong lokohin ang mga tao. Alam ng lahat na may gap talaga kayo. At talaga nmng nginuman kayo ng January 24

  4. nilabas lang naman ni Senator Trillanes kung anu Yung nakuha niya sa nag gagaling galingan niyang source e , It’s not his fault. Mas maganda kasi kung nilabas sa senado ang statements na ganun edi sana napagaralan ng maigi.

  5. we must thank those senators who seeks for truth and justice, hoping for more further investigations about this mamasapano incident.

  6. Why are the SAF keeping it a secret from the military. Is someone in the military informing MILF or BIFF about operations ?

  7. this is what you get for electing a mutineer who wasn’t even an actual soldier on the ground. he was just a supply officer! now he wants to create conflict between the country’s defense forces to defend the person who freed him./

  8. That is what we get directly from the mind of a highly ambitious military adventurous former mutiny officer. I believed in his courage but not in what he is fighting for. Personal agenda is at play in his mind. He think he can enhanced his chances for higher office by doing so. Well better find other venue that he can claimed his right to presidency and not to walk on bare foot in the spilled blood of those fallen SAF officers.