PNoy ‘hurt’ by BOI report on Mamasapano

By Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – President Aquino was hurt by the findings of the Philippine National Police Board of Inquiry on the Mamasapano incident, according to the BOI chairman who was summoned to Malacanang to meet with the President.

Police Director Benjamin Magalong, chairman of the BOI and head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, said he met with President Aquino in Malacanang on Tuesday, just days after the PNP released the full BOI report on the Mamasapano incident.

Present during the meeting were Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and PNP Officer-in-Charge Leonardo Espina.

According to Magalong, the President was hurt by the BOI findings.

“Visibly nasaktan siya. President siya. Nasaktan siya sa naging report, makikita naman yun. Pero even then during that time talagang very calm siya, talagang cordial at maayos naman ang aming discussion,” he said.

The BOI report earlier said the chain of command of the PNP was violated after the President, suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima and Special Action Force commander Getulio Napenas deliberately failed to inform the PNP OIC about the Mamasapano mission by keeping the information to themselves.

It also said the President “gave the go-signal and allowed the execution of Oplan: Exodus after the concept of operations was presented to him by…Napenas.”

It said the President allowed Purisima to participate in the planning and execution of Oplan Exodus despite the latter’s suspension.

It also said the President exercised his prerogative to deal directly with Napenas instead of Espina. The report said the act of dealing with Napenas instead of PNP OIC Espina “bypassed the established PNP Chain of Command.”

Read the full BOI report here.

Magalong said the President explained that he gave instructions to Purisima to coordinate the Mamasapano mission with PNP OIC Espina. This order was not followed.

He said the President also admitted that he expected full cooperation between the SAF and military forces in Mamasapano, not knowing that Napenas did not follow his order.

Magalong described the meeting as “no holds barred,” with all contentious issues discussed.

“Sa mga contentious issues na nabanggit ng Presidente, binanggit ko rin kay Presidente na we never mentioned that you violated the Chain of Command. We just said that you exercised your prerogative to talk directly to Gen. Napenas. Andun sa conclusion namin. Kung anong conclusion namin is statement of fact. That is a statement of fact,” he said.

Magalong said Secretary Roxas also apologized for failing to inform the President about the BOI’s request to interview him regarding the Mamasapano mission.

“Binanggit din niya syempre yung issue na bakit hindi ko siya na-interview. At in-explain ko rin sa kanya na, inamin din naman ni Secretary [Roxas] na talagang sa dami ng trabaho nakalimutan na mabanggit kay Presidente at dapat na-remind ko sila,” he said.

The BOI chairman said he regrets failing to interview President Aquino before issuing the final BOI report.

However, he also admitted that the results of the BOI investigation will not be changed much.

For now, Magalong said he is focused on going back to work as CIDG chief after finishing what he describes as the hardest investigation in his career.

“I’m glad it’s over. It’s time to move on, there are so many thing need to be done,” he said.

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  • Generoso Magaoay
    18 March 2015 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Police Director Benjamin Magalong sugar coated assumption that President Aquino was hurt by the findings of the Philippine National Police Board of Inquiry (BOI) was merely a scratch on the surface. Magalong failed to adhere to the spirit of fair and impartial investigation. He allowed Secretary Mar Roxas to derail the investigation by purposely not informing President Aquino, to avoid being interviewed by the PNP Board of Inquiry. There is a saying that even a blind mouse would know which cheese was bitten by others, however slight it maybe. In all seriousness, every angle of the investigation “SHALL” be covered “FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT”. Only then Magalong can conclude the investigation. If you cannot be impartial or have integrity for the investigation, how dare you conclude that the investigation was based on statements of fact when you failed to interview President Aquino who undermined his own chain-of-command in the execution of operation exodus…

  • Kuya
    19 March 2015 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Blame the MILF and BIFF for the massacre because they killed our forces who went there to capture the terrorist who are inside thir territory and being protected. If they are really true to their peace talk, they should have not joined forces with BIFF in killing our forces who are just there to do thir duty…

    • Generoso Magaoay
      19 March 2015 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      Kuya, i agree with you to some extent regarding MILF commitment to the ongoing “Peace Talks” with the government. However, you have to realize (maybe pull your thumb or head out) that Maguindanao has become a safe haven for terrorists. If you still remember your history that during the time of President Marcos, MNLF (MILF) were the only active terrorist groups there and Nur Misuari was hiding somewhere in Saudi Arabia. After Marcos, starting from Cory Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Arroyo and Aquino, several terrorist groups emerged such as the MILF, Abu Sayyaf, Jemaa Islamiyah and now the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. Not only that Mindanao is a safe haven for terrorist, there is a failure by the government to establish law and order in those areas.
      Kuya, i know you are smarter than Pnoy when it comes to military operation. Given the ongoing peace talks, you can never trust the MILF because they’ve already betrayed the government many times despite of the peace agreement signed by both parties. If you are going to send the best troops in the Maguindanao area, you are going to send the most experience troops like the Marines or Army whose been there the longest. The PNPSAF are the new kids in the blocks despite of their training. However, we do respect the fallen SAF members. If you are indeed the president who acted with confidence at the onset of operation exodus, you are going to govern clearly the actions of PNP Chief Purisima, SAF Commander Napenas and OIC Espina, etc. Lastly Kuya, until you know every ins and outs, streets, railroads, lakes, rivers, bridges, routes of entry or exit, etc. in the Mamasapano area, you should never send your troops there specially when you do not know how to coordinate or the office you run is in disarray.