Malacañang going mad over Mamasapano PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 October 2015 14:12



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, `If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in John 8:31-32, the Holy Bible).

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MALACANANG GOING MAD OVER MAMASAPANO: Truly, there is nothing that is truer (or, maybe, more true) than the saying “whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make them mad.” And that is what appears to be  happening to Malacanang right now, in connection with its frenzied efforts to take any blame away from President Aquino for the brutal killing of 44 officers and men of the Special Action Force in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

First, when this incident first broke out, President Aquino and the entire propaganda machinery of the Office of the President lost no time in defending and taking up the cudgels for the conceded long-running best friend of the Chief Executive, former Philippine National Police chief Gen. Alan Purisima, to absolve the police official of any liability for the Mamasapano operation.

Yet, when it appeared all too clear that the President can be held liable for the killing of the SAF commandos because he entrusted the execution of the Mamasapano operation to Purisima, Malacanang made an unthinkable 360-degree turn around by recanting its support for the President’s once most-trusted ally and, without any remorse or compunction and without any regard for their past long-standing friendship, is even directly accusing him now of lying.

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PNOY OFFICIALS TO BLAME FOR MAMASAPANO: PURISIMA: Faced with this predicament of his once-totally-loyal friend and benefactor now trying to pin him down so that he himself can escape retribution, a totally-bewildered Purisima could have done nothing better than to chose to do the next best thing for him: come out openly and refute the President’s accusation that he, Purisima, lied and that, if anyone is to be blamed for the Mamasapano fiasco, it should be the President’s security officials.

In a statement released by his lawyer, General Purisima clarified that he was not remiss in informing the President as early as 5 a.m. or so on January 25, 2015, that the SAF operatives who were sent to Mamasapano to arrest or kill terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan, were already engaged in fighting the enemy.

Purisima explained, in so many words in his statement, that the President’s security officials, which included Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Catapang and PNP OIC chief Gen. Leonardo Espina, should have be the ones that must be blamed if the SAF troopers were massacred en masse because, at that time, they were already in contact with military and police ground commanders who knew what was happening.

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PURISIMA MUST NOW TELL THE TRUTH: Obviously, President Aquino and the entire Office of the President, including Aquino’s defense and police authorities, did not like Purisima’s clarifications and counter-accusations that they were the ones to blame if there was a great number of casualties on government side on January 25, 2015. So, they have launched a campaign not only to discredit Purisima now, but to make him the escape goat in all these.

This is of course crazy and those pushing it must have gone mad. By hitting Purisima and putting the sole blame for the Mamasapano debacle on him, they are not just putting him on the spot. They are in fact compelling him to fight back, with the only weapon that could really clear him: the truth about who ordered the Mamapasano operation, and who actually directed it all throughout.

I am therefore expecting Purisima to come clean over this unfortunate incident in our nation’s history in the next few days. If he has any sense of truth and fairness left in him at this point, the only honorable way for him now is to tell the people the truth about the Mamasapano Marwan operation. Indeed, the truth shall set us all free!

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