A LEADER of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Friday urged the people to unite and “rise up” to seek justice for the 44 fallen troops of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and show President Benigno Aquino 3rd who are the “real bosses.”
Former Zambales Rep. Maria Milagros Magsaysay also slammed Aquino for showing “what a heartless, cold and unfeeling President he really is.”
Magsaysay scored Aquino for snubbing arrival honors for the slain SAF officers on Thursday, while attending the inauguration of the Mitsubishi Motors plant in Santa Rosa City, Laguna.
“It’s really disgusting that a week after Pope Francis left us with his message of mercy and compassion, he [thePresident] has shown no mercy or compassion toward the people he irresponsibly sent to their deaths. The whole country is so affected by what happened yet he chooses to go to a car plant inauguration instead with the excuse that it was in his schedule,” she said.
Magsaysay recalled what US President Barack Obama did in 2011 when he canceled a visit to Interstate Moving Services in Springfield, Virginia, to talk about fuel efficiency standards for work trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles.
Obama instead went to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to honor the 22 Navy SEALs and eight other American troops killed in Afghanistan.
Magsaysay is wondering how Aquino has forgotten in a very short time the virtue and compassion shown by Pope Francis when he took time to meet the father of Kristel Padasas, a 27-year-old volunteer who died in Tacloban City, Leyte.
“Despite his busy schedule, Pope Francis took time to meet with Mr. Paulino Padasas,” she noted.
Magsaysay said so many rules were broken by the botched plan orchestrated by suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima with the full knowledge of Aquino.
“How can someone who is serving his suspension manage to give orders to PNP personnel unless he has the green light from the highest leader? What kind of Chief Executive do we have who bypassed the legitimate chain of command who should have been [PNP Deputy Director General Leonardo] Espina?” she asked.
The UNA official said if Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd was kept in the dark in the SAF operation intended to arrest Malaysian Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan, it only shows what kind of leader Aquino is who does not even trust his own appointee (Roxas).
“When netizens poured out and manifested their disgust on social media , they get threatened by the Liberal Party spokesman with libel. Excuse me! How dense!” Magsaysay exclaimed.
“If the ‘yellow army’ think that the people will forever be passive and just take their arrogance, there’s a tipping point! Wake up people! It’s about time we show our leader who the real bosses are. We owe it to the fallen SAF men to seek justice for their death. It’s only when justice is served that these heroes’ deaths were not in vain,” she said.
On Thursday and Friday, netizens flooded Twitter and Facebook with snide comments and remarks castigating Aquino for his absence at the arrival honors for the slain SAF commandos at Villamor Air Base.
The hashtag #NasaanAngPangulo where netizens expressed their anger reportedly became the hottest trending online discussions not only in the Philippines but also worldwide.