Members of the independent bloc of the House of Representatives stated yesterday that President Aquino is to hold accountable for the deaths of the SAF 44 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last year.
“Taken in its totality, the onus of responsibility for the Mamasapano massacre falls squarely in the hands of President Aquino,” the bloc said in its report.
The repost was presented by Representatives Martin Romualdez of Leyte, Lito Atienza of Buhay and Jonathan de la Cruz of Abakada.
According to the House bloc, Aquino, as chief commander, failed to execute and provide guidance and leadership in the planning which led to the grim outcome of Oplan Exodus.
“He approved and directed the mission using inputs from a limited circle of subordinates, principally then suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima and SAF chief Getulio Napeñas,” read the report.
It is reported that Aquino was in Zamboanga City along with cabinet members and high-ranking military and police officers on the day of the police raid.
“In fine, he was in a position to have stepped in at the early stages of the firefight and prevented the heavy loss of lives. That he did not order a more determined effort to rescue the troops and… perhaps even to the extent of talking directly to his peace partner, MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) chairman Murad Ibrahim, to stop the firefight instead of ‘bureaucratizing’ the ceasefire and rescue operations has fuelled suspicions that he actually issued a ‘stand down’ order to the troops,” read the report.
“The MILF must share responsibility for the deadly outcome of this campaign… they should have taken every available step to turn in the high value targets (suspected terrorists) in accordance with their commitments under the ceasefire and related agreements with the government,” read the report.
Former senator Richard Gordon questioned why Aquino failed to order a signal to coordinate with MILF to cease hostilities right away.
Gordon firmly pressed that as president of our country, Aquino swore to execute all laws in the country including protecting police officers.