Why PNoy skipped service honoring slain SAF agents

By Paul Henson, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

MANILA – It was an emotional ceremony on Thursday for the remains of the slain Special Action Force or SAF commandoes.

One woman whose husband was among the slain SAF members said only one thing could ease the heartache: Action to obtain justice for the fallen officers.

Now, focus has shifted on who authorized the police operation to hunt down two regional terrorists that ended in a bloodbath.

The SAF Chief Getulio Napeñas has been relieved from his post.

In a report by ABS-CBN correspondent Henry Omaga-Diaz, according to some generals, Napeñas allegedly admitted as to who gave the orders.

Napeñas reportedly named suspended Police Chief Alan Purisima, who is being investigated for anomalies in the police force. Purisima supposedly pursued the plan to boost the prospects of his return to the PNP.

“It was to be a trophy to rebound his career,” said PNP Director “Boogie” Mendoza.

The mission was allegedly botched because its planners failed to assess the strength of the enemy and to coordinate with other government agencies like the Armed Forces.

In the same report by Omaga-Diaz, sources say the operation was known and approved by President Benigno Aquino III himself through Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa.

Yet in his speech on Wednesday, the president denied knowing the details of the plan.

As honors were being held at the Villamor Airbase, President Aquino was at an inauguration of a car plant in Laguna.

Netizens questioned his priorities and said he failed to show his sympathies as commander-in-chief.

The Palace says attending the ceremony in Villamor was not in the president’s schedule.

But that he would lead the necrological services for the fallen men Friday morning.

Meantime, the peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF hangs in the balance.

Some retired police generals say the MILF should surrender all terrorists who may be hiding in their territory before peace talks can resume.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • cat_idiot
    29 January 2015 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    akala ko mga HERO yun namatay…then bakit yun bakleleng na Panot sa iba nagpunta?

  • Generoso Magaoay
    29 January 2015 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Aquino was never in the military (neither in the police force), he does not have the compassion for this kind of situation. Nevertheless, he was probably holding some grudge on the PNPSAF because of what happened. He was more worried about his coin not shining. Remember his statement during the pope visit, he expressed disappointment against some Catholic priests. If you are indeed the president that your country looks up to, you will make every effort and as your number priority to attend the service honoring the fallen officers. What’s the investment at the car plant in Laguna?

  • Generoso Magaoay
    29 January 2015 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    It’s hard to believe that the suspended Police Chief Alan Purisima could make such a decision. Then the story telling switched to President Benigno Aquino III? So, how many reliable sources do we have here that can tell us the facts? Media sources, different correspondents, suspended Chief, and what have we? Otherwise, it is a way to sensationalized the little information that we have that is too far from facts…

  • Juan
    29 January 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Nasuspende si former INP Chief Purisima dahil garapal mangorakot,personal aide ni Pnoy noong araw,siya ang collector at protector sa mga illegal na negosyo nang mga Intsik sa Chinatown.Hindi totoo na nagbibigay siya nang balato sa Presidente.Dahil sa $6 Million reward money from US Embassy,sinolo niya ang operasyon against the terrorist.Ayon 400 na pulis ang lomaban, nalagas ang 44 pulis at 8 ang namatay sa MILF.Ang gagaling ang Marines at Army batallion nating sa Maguindanao, hindi niya ipinaalam, dahil makikihati sa reward money,suwapang talaga.

    • cat_idiot
      30 January 2015 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      @Juan hindi INP si Purisima…..PNP sya “Penge ng Pera” pati 42 lang ang official count ng casualties kc yun 2 scalawags yun……..

  • Ronald
    29 January 2015 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Hindi and presedente ang dapat nating sisihi dahil ito ang bansa nating hindi tayo dapat umasa sa mataas sa atin kaya nang yari ito dahil alam natin nadat ito ang mangyari para imulat sa ating bansa na dapat ding katakutan ang ating bansa hindi tayo dapat takbuhan at taguan ngang mga ibang bansa. Dapat na tayong magkaisa hindi dahil sa ating bansa bilang pilipino hindi tayo dapat nagpapatayan dapat samasama tayong bumangon hahirap man o mayaman dahil ang mayaman hindi yayaman kung walang mahirap.Dahil ang bayan natin ay mayaman dahil sa mga taong hindi marunong magbahagi sa iba nang yaman kaya may mga taong mas gusto lumaban dahil wala silang dahilan na mabuhay dahil tinatapakan sila nang mga mataas parang langggam.Bayani ang mga namatay ang tanong paano bukas isang lingggo hindi lang naman sila ang nawalan marahil may mga mahal din sa buhay ang mga mapatatay din ilang kalaban. kahit ilang libong sundalo oh kaaway ang mamatay kung hindi tayo ang gagawa nang pagbabago mapa sundalo man oh hindi patuloy na hindi tayo titingalain bilang isang makabayan na bansa.Dahil kung tayoy walang tiwala sa pangulo natin dahil sa siya dapat ang nangunguna sa atin. paano pa tayo magkakaisa kung ang bansa natin ay walang tiwala bilang isang bansa na dapat isang diwa isang pangarap. Mayaman ang ating bansa million ang nawawala sa atin at sa mga taong walang awa lang napupuntay. Ang pera ay nauubos pero ang pagasa nang isang bayan ay abot kamay lang kung magtutulungan tayo bilang pilipino.

  • Ronald
    29 January 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Hindi and presedente ang dapat nating sisihin dahil ito ang bansa nating hindi tayo dapat umasa sa mataas sa atin. Kaya nangyari ito dahil alam natin nadat ito ang mangyari para imulat sa ating bansa na dapat ding katakutan ang ating bansa hindi tayo dapat takbuhan at taguan nang mga ibang bansa TERORISTA. Dapat na tayong magkaisa hindi dahil para sa ating bansa bilang pilipino hindi tayo dapat nagpapatayan dapat samasama tayong bumangon mapama hirap man o mayaman dahil ang mayaman hindi yayaman kung walang mahirap.Dahil ang bayan natin ay mayaman. Dahil sa mga taong hindi marunong magbahagi sa iba nang yaman kaya may mga taong mas gusto lumaban dahil wala silang dahilan na mabuhay dahil tinatapakan sila nang mga mataas parang langggam.Bayani ang mga namatay ang tanong paano bukas isang lingggo hindi lang naman sila ang nawalan marahil may mga mahal din sila sa buhay ang mga mapatatay din nilang kalaban. kahit ilang libong sundalo oh kaaway ang mamatay kung hindi tayo ang gagawa nang pagbabago mapa sundalo man oh hindi patuloy na hindi tayo titingalain bilang isang makabayan na bansa dahil tayoy nagpapatayan at nagnanakawan nang yaman na para sa ating bansan rin naman.Dahil kung tayoy walang tiwala sa pangulo natin dahil sa siya dapat ang nangunguna sa atin. paano pa tayo magkakaisa kung ang bansa natin ay walang tiwala bilang isang bansa na dapat isang diwa isang pangarap. Mayaman ang ating bansa million ang nawawala sa atin at sa mga taong walang awa lang napupuntay. Ang pera ay nauubos pero ang pagasa nang isang bayan ay abot kamay lang kung magtutulungan tayo bilang pilipino.

  • Kenikeni
    30 January 2015 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Shame on you PNoy!!!

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