3 reasons to blame President Noynoy Aquino for the savage massacre of 44 PNP-SAF troops

Make no mistake. Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III is to blame for the appalling massacre of 44 Philippine National Police (PNP) elite Special Action Force (SAF) troops by the terrorist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The reasons are quite straightforward.

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1. President BS Aquino negotiated with terrorists.

President BS Aquino joins in condoling with the families of the 44 fallen SAF troopers.
President BS Aquino joins in condoling with the families of the 44 fallen SAF troopers.
The MILF, a terrorist organisation long known to cause horrrific grief to huge swaths of Mindanao, was given legitimacy by the Second Aquino Administration as a result of the president’s pet project, the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) now being deliberated in Congress.

The origins of the MILF as a militant breakaway group from what was once considered a more “moderate” Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was over disagreements with the direction being taken by the MNLF leadership back in 1977 towards renouncing its own separatist agenda in favour of a more “conciliatory” deal with Manila then, a direction which bore fruit ten years later for the MNLF…

In January 1987, the MNLF signed an agreement relinquishing its goal of independence for Muslim regions and accepting the government’s offer of autonomy. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the next largest faction, refused to accept the accord and initiated a brief offensive that ended in a truce later that month. By one estimate the Mindanao-based Moro Islamic Liberation Front fielded around 3,000 troops.

Consider, then, the families of tens of thousands of soldiers and police officers who died gallantly fighting the MNLF, the MILF, and the New People’s Army (NPA) over much of the country’s recent history. What would they be thinking of successive governments who rewarded violence with sovereign-sanctioned legitimacy? The MNLF was given their Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the MILF is on the verge of being rewared with a Bangsamoro “nation”, and the NPA’s bosses have all but infested Philippine Congress.

2. President BS Aquino is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)

President BS Aquino had compromised overall national security in the course of negotiating with the MILF by seemingly giving standing instructions to the military to stand down from armed confrontation with the armed forces of any entity that is party to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) draft being reviewed in Congress.

While this “ceasefire” supposedly covers the MILF, such terrorist groups tend to have a less reliable chain of command and are inherently infested by rogue units. In comparison, the AFP are subject to a clear and mature chain of command and is composed of professional soldiers who are far more inclined to observe it. As such, whilst the AFP can guarantee observance of such agreements, a bandit group like the MILF cannot be expected to act as gentlemanly. As a result, the entire nation was put into peril by naively expecting a terrorist group to honour an agreement that effectively left their enemy hand-tied.

So to be fair, though the AFP have been criticised for failing to assist the 44 SAF police officers despite possessing the readiness in terms of equipment and personnel within striking distance of the massacre site, they were acting under orders. And these orders can ultimately be traced to the standing ceasefire that was an outcome of the president’s pet project, the BBL.

3. President BS Aquino is at the top of the chain of command of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The PNP is subject to the authority of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) under Secretary Mar Roxas who answers only to the president. Yet, according to Roxas, he and PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina had been left outside of the loop during the planning and actual deployment of the PNP force to Mamasapano. Roxas also admitted that he could have contributed to effecting better coordination with the AFP had he been included in the initial stages of the operation and kept informed as it transpired.

In a statement to the media, Anakpawis Rep. Fernando Hicap pointed out that President BS Aquino had “deliberately held back details about the operation in a televised address last week, including the role of suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima and United States military forces,” and continues to do so.

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No matter how much media face time President BS Aquino clocks to condole with the families of the 44 SAF troopers who were brutally killed by the MILF, it does not exonerate him from sole accountability for laying the groundwork for this horrible tragedy. You can’t neglect your kid for 20 years and expect to make up for that by buying him an XBox for Christmas.

Being Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the leader of the country’s civilian law enforcement agencies, and the self-described “god” of the Filipino people comes at a steep cost. It’s time President BS Aquino pays up by accepting that the buck stops at the Office of the President when it comes to most state affairs, in this case, to military and police affairs where he is clearly the final commander.

[Photo courtesy Showbiz Government.]

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Johnny Derp
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Indeed, he is in deep deep deep deep yellow crap.
His propaganda masters are having a hard time thinking up of excuses for their bald boss.

Incoming yellow troll butthurt in 3..2..1

scaredcow
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We always get new set of trolls Johnny!!! Cant believe the taxes we pay just go these idiots!!

Gogs
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The guy is good at one thing. He is a great representative for a nation of bandwagon jumpers. Something goes right despite how neglible his contribution is , he will chest thump. If something goes wrong it’s always significant residual from his predecessors. You think he’d own up to what the pope said? He has gone 54 years without coming out of the closet so that should tell you right there.

IKEA
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Hanep!!!! Si Noynoy lang ang nakangiti sa nakikiramay!

ricelander
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You noticed that too?

Binaboy
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Expression na ng kara niya yon .Galet man o banas..iisa ang tsura ng mukha,parang may almirol pa para matigas..Nag search ako ng the worst president of the philippines ,nadoon lahat hanggang ke Arroyo pero walang binangit sa mag inang Aquino. Pati nga si Binay isinama na nila sa listahan..Bilib talaga ako sa Crystal Ball nila,kitang kita doon kung paano magnanakaw si Binay pag nakaupo niya. may suspetsa ako na baka sila mag apply na cabinete dahil alan nila ang outcome at baka barkada ng mga AKBAYAN na nagpapatakbo ng gobyerno natin ngayon ang mga ito. Napuna co na walang comment… Read more »
Domingo Arong
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Benign0 — “3 … The PNP is subject to the authority of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) under Secretary Mar Roxas who answers only to the president.” Not anymore. The DILG was granted this authority under Sec. 12, R.A. 6795 (1990). But owing to an amendment under Sec.3, R.A. 8551 — the “Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998” — the DILG was “relieved of the primary responsibility,” and to quote: “Section 3. Section 12 of Republic Act No. 6975 is hereby amended to read as follows: “SEC. 12. Relationship of the Department with the… Read more »
jameboy
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How can it be “now the primary responsibility of the president” when all those departments (DILG, PNP, AFP) fall under the executive authority of the president in the first place?

Through those departments the president exercises primary responsibility even before.

Domingo Arong
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Jameboy

Why ask me? Ask Congress instead — the branch that enacted the laws I cited and merely quoted the words used, “primary responsibility” — in spite of Sec. 17, Art. VII

“Section 17. The President shall have control of all the executive departments, bureaus, and offices. He shall ensure that the laws be faithfully executed.”

And add Sec. 18:

“Section 18. The President shall be the Commander-in-Chief of all armed forces of the Philippines …”

jameboy
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I did not merely ask you I also made some inputs showing the inconsistency of what you declared in your post.

Yes, you “merely cited and quoted” a provision without connecting it to the idea of your post which is why I inquired as to the how of it.

Apparently, we need Congress here to expound what you wrote in your post. Anyway, let me see if I can find Congress’ address here……….

Domingo Arong
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jameboy

I certainly was not inconsistent, since I was citing provisions of law that virtually absolved Roxas of “primary responsibility” which is in line with the title, “3 reasons to blame President Noynoy Aquino …”

If you get to find Congress’ address, please convey this question too:

The arresting PNP-SAF team is reported to have consisted of 392 troopers. Now, since 44 were slain, 15 were wounded and none missing in action, or a total of 59 casualties, what of the remaining 85% of the original team, consisting of 333 potential witnesses?

jameboy
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Yes, Domingo, apparently only Congress can explain what you wrote here. That being the case, I cannot engage you for you don’t have the capability to elaborate on what you just cited and quoted.

Let’s just say you are right and let’s move on.

Jmac
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Excuse me for butting in. Being a contrarian as always Jamegirl. I don’t see any inconsistency at all.

Domingo said “As the incumbent ‘President’, this is now PNoy’s ‘primary responsibility’.” with supporting law provisions.

Then you Jamegirl said, “through those departments the president exercises primary responsibility even before.”

So what’s your point Jamegirl? You’re disagreeing with Domingo by agreeing?

jameboy
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Oh, good that you help Domingo by speaking and asking question for him. Domingo said, “As the incumbent “President,” this is NOW PNoy’s “primary responsibility.” And I said, “How can it be “NOW the primary responsibility of the president” when all those departments (DILG, PNP, AFP) fall under the executive authority of the president in the first place?” Meaning, there is actually NOTHING NEW or NOW in what he said because all those department are under the executive authority or primary responsibility of the president even before or since their creation. It is not about agreeing or disagreeing but clarifying… Read more »
Jmac
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“Meaning, there is actually NOTHING NEW or NOW in what he said because all those department are under the executive authority or primary responsibility of the president even before or since their creation.”

See Jamegirl. You’re a typical contrarian and troll. Making a fuss out of something when there’s clearly nothing to have a fuss about. You admit there really is nothing to argue about. You’re arguing with someone just for the sake of arguing.

jameboy
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See Jamegirl. You’re a typical contrarian and troll. Making a fuss out of something when there’s clearly nothing to have a fuss about. You admit there really is nothing to argue about. You’re arguing with someone just for the sake of arguing.
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Err, sir, there is a provision cited and quoted. That’s the point of inquiry not me. You asked and I formally answered and then, as expected, you trolled again. 🙂

Clearly, there is no real intent to engage on your part but just to harass and bully. Oh, well. What’s new? 🙁

Domingo, you just have been used. 🙂

Jmac
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Ah who is the bully now Jamegirl? You inciting a needless argument with Domingo by quibbling over pointless details when there really is nothing to argue about. Domingo actually was quite illuminating in that the provision he cited may serve as a scapegoat for Mar Roxas to avoid culpability.

You on other hand are a typical troll as usual. You like to do that don’t you? You already had a lot of pointless arguments with a lot of people here. You seem to have a lot of free time on your hands. You’re probably bored. Nothing better to do?

jameboy
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Look, you butted in by writing this:

Excuse me for butting in.
So what’s your point Jamegirl? – Jmac
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And I responded to you about the issue explaining and addressing your question objectively but you wrote this back with name-calling and all:

See Jamegirl. You’re a typical contrarian and troll. Making a fuss out of something when there’s clearly nothing to have a fuss about. You admit there really is nothing to argue about. You’re arguing with someone just for the sake of arguing. – Jmac
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Now, I’m a bully? Please. 🙁

Let me just give others their deserve time, okay? 🙂

domo
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Since the justice system in our country is getting bullshit that panot will once again get away with that latest allegation, I wish the ICC will do the job this time.

Jmac
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Cue Pnoy apologists:

“Yeah those points may sound true and all but you still can’t blame the president because because…!”

R.Guido
Guest

Is there any truth in a rumor, that the 44 PNP SAF Troops, were sent in on such ‘Black Ops’ mission to rescue 2 x hostages (for whom a PHP5M Reward was being offered).
In other words they were sent in, for monetary reward?

Jmac
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It’s not clear what motivations lie behind the operation. Could be for the bounties, but it could also be political. No one is sure but those who gave the orders.

What’s clear is that those who gave the orders and ran the poorly conceived operation from behind the scenes are the ones responsible. The MILF-BIFF are also responsible, but remember, they fit more the role of executioners. Those who got into bed with them in the first place are equally, if not MORE RESPONSIBLE.

jameboy
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It’s not clear what motivations lie behind the operation. Could be for the bounties, but it could also be political. No one is sure but those who gave the orders. What’s clear is that those who gave the orders and ran the poorly conceived operation from behind the scenes are the ones responsible. ======== The motivation is not clear but it is clear that those who gave the order are responsible. So, there is a conviction already even if we don’t know what the motive/mistake is of those who gave the order? There is a conviction already even though we… Read more »
Jmac
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“So, there is a conviction already even if we don’t know what the motive/mistake is of those who gave the order? There is a conviction already even though we have yet to establish clearly who officially gave the order?

Aren’t we going to conduct an investigation first, which is the ordinary course, before we go on that direction? Why be so sure of conviction if you cannot even name the guilty party/parties?”

What conviction? I didn’t hand out any conviction. I didn’t even mention it. I only pointed out those responsible.

Stop putting words into my mouth.

jameboy
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What conviction? I didn’t hand out any conviction. I didn’t even mention it. I only pointed out those responsible. Stop putting words into my mouth. ======== Classic talking on both sides of the mouth! 🙂 Nandito na naman po tayo 🙂 Why will you hand out a conviction? Are you a court to do that? Conviction means a fix or firm belief. Ayayyay! No need to put words in your mouth. You clearly said it here: “What’s clear is that those who gave the orders and ran the poorly conceived operation from behind the scenes are the ones responsible.” –… Read more »
Jmac
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“Classic talking on both sides of the mouth! 🙂 Nandito na naman po tayo 🙂 Why will you hand out a conviction? Are you a court to do that?” Ewan ko sayo, ikaw nagsabi ng conviction eh. That’s why I was surprised you even said it. Labo mo talaga kausap no? “Conviction means a fix or firm belief. Ayayyay!” So you switched from one definition of conviction to another to avoid embarrassment. How lame. “See? According to you, it is ‘clear’ those who gave the order ‘are the ones responsible’. Those are your words not mine.” Oo nga. Sinabi ko… Read more »
jameboy
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“Question: who in particular are ‘those’ people?” The Commander-in-Chief Aquino and suspended PNP chief Purisima. There could be others in the loop, but so far no other names were mentioned that I’m aware of that are clearly responsible. ======== On Aquino and Purisima, in the absence of any official findings, what’s the basis of that conclusion or is that just a guess based on malice and bias? Ah, there could be others in the loop whose names you don’t know but you are aware they’re responsible. Again, what exactly is the ‘clear responsibility’ of these unnamed people you are saying?… Read more »
Jmac
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“On Aquino and Purisima, in the absence of any official findings, what’s the basis of that conclusion or is that just a guess based on malice and bias?” Guess based on malice and bias? Many already pointed out Pnoy is responsible, including no less that former general and president Fidel V. Ramos himself said he ought to take responsibility. Oh but to you, he is still blameless. “Ah, there could be others in the loop whose names you don’t know but you are aware they’re responsible. Again, what exactly is the ‘clear responsibility’ of these unnamed people you are saying?”… Read more »
jameboy
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Many already pointed out Pnoy is responsible, including no less that former general and president Fidel V. Ramos himself said he ought to take responsibility. Oh but to you, he is still blameless. – Jmac ======== Are you telling me the “many pointed” is now the rule in laying accountabiilty against gov’t. officials? Wow! Where in my post did I say someone is blameless? Again, that is not critical thinking; that is pure and simple guessing. I’m expressing my openness to the possibility of involvement by others. Did I say I’m sure there are others? No. Understand the difference? –… Read more »
Jmac
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“Are you telling me the “many pointed” is now the rule in laying accountabiilty against gov’t. officials? Wow!” Did I say that? No I didn’t. Again, stop putting words into my mouth. You’re the one who said mine is just a guess based on malice and bias, which isn’t the case. “Where in my post did I say someone is blameless? Again, that is not critical thinking; that is pure and simple guessing.” Nonsense yet again. Diba you mentioned chain-of-command? Who are the people at the top of this chain who executed and ran the operation? It’s common sense that… Read more »
Cent
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Injustice will prevail again in the Philippines what the fuck

d_forsaken
Guest

A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.

S Tambay
Guest

They are trying to cover up so not to involve Mar Roxas that I believe is part of this operation.
What’s the use anyway, he is already doomed to be president during day one with Yolanda.. The only Mar Roxas regain his reputation is to attack his mentor and tell the truth what really happened. But that is impossible, try to double cross Pnoy then you will feel the vengeance from malakanyang to entire MEDIA on crony newspaper. Binay will shake his hand and say “welcome to the club”

OnesimusUnbound
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This, just like the Maguindanao Massacre, will be thrown in the Memory Hole, forgotten, as thought it never occurred.

Hyden 005Toro0108
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OnesimusUnbound:

Whgy would we allow all of these to happen to our country?

“There are tyrants, where there ar no slaves”, form Jose Riza;…

Jorel Lopez
Guest

Nothing will happen if we just kept posting. We shouldn’t just sit here and discuss the crap our president does.

Hyden007Toro999
Guest

Aquino-Roxas-Purisima are the Three Stooges, who are to be blamed for the massacre.

There was no recoinnaissance…the planning was idiotic; the performance was catastrophic.

Sending your soldiers to an Open Field…with no artillery support, in case things get wrong is stupid. The soldiers/police were clueless of what they find there…

Even in the case the soldiers/police are surrounded…if there is a great infantry and Armored Force available. The MILF would had been defeated…it is not only planned by amateur officers…it is planned by dumb people.

jameboy
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Actually, if we’ll go by the knee-jerk reaction on the killings of the policemen in Mindanao, Pres. Aquino can be blame not only for 3 reasons but for almost everything that contributed to what happened there. And rightly so being him at the top of the chain of command. But we have to admit that that is the easiest thing to do especially if you have personal agenda to do so. Anybody can formulate that kind of thinking and one would be hard-pressed to dispute that given the command responsibility theory and the emotional outpouring the killings brought to us.… Read more »
Jmac
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“Actually, if we’ll go by the knee-jerk reaction on the killings of the policemen in Mindanao, Pres. Aquino can be blame not only for 3 reasons but for almost everything that contributed to what happened there. And rightly so being him at the top of the chain of command. But we have to admit that that is the easiest thing to do especially if you have personal agenda to do so. Anybody can formulate that kind of thinking and one would be hard-pressed to dispute that given the command responsibility theory and the emotional outpouring the killings brought to us.… Read more »
jamebo
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The on-going cry for justice in the Mindanao killings and the simmering political reaction, particularly the critical observation pointed on the Aquino administration, ugly as they may be, is part of the whole process in order to reach and arrive at the truth and dispense justice against the guilty party. By saying that (guilty party), I’m referring on the side of the gov’t. for we already know who actually pulled the trigger. I said right because it is right. I’m always, as most posters here, aspire to be right every time I post because (I’m not saying it’s critical thinking)… Read more »
JAMES GANG
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IDK who led these cops into where they got killed but it sure is not the President of the countries fault.WTF? The President is not in command of every soldier, he commands the top officers and shit rolls downhill from there.

I do think that the guy is an incompetent asswipe, but that does not mean he is to blame for these dead guys. No, whoever was the commanding officers are to blame.

Pallacertus
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The haste with which this article proclaims Noynoy ultimately responsible for the deaths of 44 policemen (and 18 MILF personnel as well as a few civilians) on a certain cornfield at Mamasapano, well before the various investigative commissions tasked to ferret out the facts out of the bloodbath there can even begin to form themselves, is frankly disconcerting. It’s not as disconcerting as the insistent use of the word “massacre” to describe what happened that bloody Sunday (when the SAF could hardly have expected lenient treatment from the base commands of the BIFF and MILF controlling the area if they… Read more »
Pallacertus
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“1. President BS Aquino negotiated with terrorists.” The snappy retort is that the Aquino administration (and the Arroyo administration before it) negotiated with the “terrorists” because the “terrorists” (or, to be more precise, the MILF leadership) were willing to negotiate. The slightly longer and even more pointed retort to #1 is that of course the “terrorists” (the national government, unless it is to be alleged that affairs regarding Mindanao from 1946 onwards were handled by stainless saints committed to democracy, pluralism, conflict-avoidance, and the redress of grievances wherever they occurred) would be willing to negotiate with fellow “terrorists” (again, the… Read more »
Pallacertus
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I was going to post my critiques on points 2 and 3, but first my life and then word of press conferences by Napenas and Espina, as well as an interview of Catapang, intervened. With their conflicting if not contradictory accounts of the events leading to 44 very dead SAF men on a worsted cornfield, I have decided to do the prudent thing and let the various investigative commissions and boards of inquiry do their things and let the evidence they collect and the conclusions they reach speak for me (whether or not those conclusions would reflect disapprovingly on Noynoy… Read more »
President Emilio
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That’s a very dangerous mindset, benign0. The MILF became terrorists because we LET them be. Our past failures in addressing the “Mindanao Question” led to this current quagmire. I believe you view the SAF massacre as terrorism, right? But what about those killings the Ilagas did in 1970s? Or Bud Dajo? Or the burning of Jolo? You know the reason why China’s current attitude towards Japan? It’s because of the terrorist acts the Japanese did to them in WWII still lingers on without closure. They still yet to see justice for it. Equating it to the Mindanao situation, for the… Read more »
Dick S. O'Rosary
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I don’t see any Noytards here. Where have they gone?

SDC
Guest

Hi guys, I’m wondering if the President can be put into trial for the SAF44-MILF Mamasapano tragedy? If yes, under what grounds? If no, why? – is it because he’s still a President? Is that the reason why the NTC wants him to resign? Thanks for your answers. I’m a sophomore in HS and we still don’t talk much about these things though I am quite curious about these matters. Thank you for your articles. I am fond of reading them.

jameboy
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Since I’m no constitutional expert I can only suggest to you to read an article on our Constitution that I think covers the matter you raised in your post. So, here it is. THE 1987 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES – ARTICLE XI ACCOUNTABILITY OF PUBLIC OFFICERS Section 1. Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must, at all times, be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency; act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives. Section 2. The President, the Vice-President, the Members of the Supreme Court,… Read more »
fyi
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Mar Roxas forgot to tell the President that the BOI wanted to interview him. He was fully informed of the operation of the Special Action Forces(SAF) on Jan. 25 as early as 7:43 a.m. Yet, he didn’t lift a finger in the crucial hours of that morning and early afternoon to ensure the safety of the commandos. (Article in the Manila times) He even claimed in one hearing in order to concoct his basic defense posture of not knowing anything about the event: “Masasabi lang namin kung anong alam namin. We were cut out. Ano ma-re-report namin?” (We could only… Read more »
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