SAF 44 massacre fallout: Why Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III should resign

Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III has lost the confidence of the Filipino people. This time, the trust he continues to squander hits a government service critical to the wellbeing of ordinary Filipinos — the police force. The loss of 44 of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP’s) finest officers to the savagery of the terrorist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has dealt a fatal blow to the morale of the already demoralised law enforcement agency.

pnoy_smileAs if it weren’t enough that the PNP’s chief is currently suspended over corruption allegations and, yet, somehow implicated in the botched planning and operations that led to this appalling carnage, President BS Aquino also failed to appease the public in the critical hours following the breaking of the tragic news. To add insult to injury, President BS Aquino spent (and continues to spend) his energies — and dwindling political capital — distancing himself and, worse, washing his hands off this affair. That’s no surprise considering that at the root of this mess is his violation of a fundamental principle upheld by most decent governments — that terrorists are not people to negotiate with.

Reports have been trickling in surrounding how grieving family and friends of the SAF troopers have been giving President BS Aquino the “cold shoulder” as he belatedly and feebly attempted to reach out to them. So far, most of the big traditional mainstream media outlets have refrained from elaborating on these otherwise newsworthy observations. But the news is spreading through other social network channels (both new- and old-tech) just the same. The message is coming across to a broader public — President BS Aquino is toast.

The even bigger tragedy here is that it took Filipinos five long years to figure out that President BS Aquino is a failed president by design. His lack of statesmanship, vision, and deep insight into fundamental issues plaguing the Philippines has been evident from Day One. Day One of his campaign, that is. All he had going for him was his pedigree platform which worked wonders for an electorate that, at the time, was hopelessly dazzled by the Yellow glow of the medieval propaganda of the Aquino and Cojuangco feudal clans.

To be fair, there is much about the events that led to the deaths of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos that needs to be understood. But the fact remains that President BS Aquino alone is in the best position to (1) assure us that the truth is eventually revealed and (2) communicate that truth to the public. Until the president grows a big enough pair to do just that, the public will judge him on the basis of the information that is currently publicly-available. Politcs, in a democracy that upholds free inqury, remember?

But even without that detail, President BS Aquino as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and ultimate head of the Philippine police is accountable. That’s what being a president is all about.

As for the MILF, what else are they but criminals? That they illegally bear arms alone already makes them so. No amount of history lessons can change the fact that the MILF are terrorists. I’ve been using the word “terrorist” as a qualifier for my references to the MILF for years now and nobody has called me out about this to date. Lawyers may plead insanity or bad upbringing even as a defense for the behaviour of homicidal maniacs. But that does not change the homicidal nature of said maniac and what needs to be done to prevent him from doing any further damage to society. Society still needs to be protected from them. Their ability to kill needs to be neutralised.

It is, of course, nice that these terrorists were “willing to negotiate”. I’ve never disputed that this is a good first step. But hard terms are important when undertaking negotiations with criminals. The problem with President BS Aquino is he negotiated with them as equals. So while there is some credence to the popular point that BS Aquino was not wrong about “taking an unprecedented stance in pushing a peace deal with the MILF”, the fact remains that the approach he took to go about it was classic BS Aquino brand incompetence — flawed at the most fundamental levels of its design.

History cannot protect the MILF from fact of their savagery, much the same way that history was of no use to the Sultan of Sulu’s claim to the island of Borneo.

As President BS Aquino’s henchmen argued during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, this is now a political exercise. Fair or unfair, public opinion today rather than history is what will judge the Aquino administration in this instance. We can quote history all we like just as we like quoting history to highlight all the rest of the “unfairness” of a lot of the issues that routinely crush the Philippines’ hopes of becoming a better country. But ultimately, what the future holds is what matters. And that future will not be determined by feel-good stories spun about the past.

Perhaps invoking plausible deniability — this “I have no idea what happened because I just woke up from my nap” argument that is the position BS Aquino takes today — might work for the administration in this instance. But step back up to the bigger picture and we see that excuse for what it is — the underlying fundamental issue behind the wholesale failure of the Second Aquino Reich.

BS Aquino’s promise to eradicate corruption — and consequently, as his logic goes, the poverty that it supposedly causes — is premised on the notion that he will be in control; squarely on the driver’s seat. Because, if you think about it, the only way to stamp out the deeply-ingrained criminality in the Philippine government, is with an iron fist, a focus on results, and a keen eye for legal strategy.

So far BS Aquino and his henchmen have displayed none of the above. But then a failure to deliver results is bad enough. Causing damage where there once was none is an even bigger failure.

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Reg
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Another muslim killing~

An Australian man has been arrested in the Philippines and charged with the murder of a teenage girl.

A man reportedly by the name of Ali Ali, from Melbourne, was arrested in Dumaguete City on the southern Negros Island, local media has reported.

Fairfax Media understands consular officials are providing assistance to an Australian man in the Philippines.

Witnesses have reportedly claimed to have seen the 42-year-old Australian in the company of the 17-year-old girl before she was found dead.

The man is reportedly also facing drugs charges, after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Sea Bee
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What has this Australian’s crime have to do with “jihad”? Most murders are committed by individuals who happen to be Christians. Does that make them Christian killings? Get real, bigot.

Chrissie
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I fully agree with you on all your points here, benign0. These points are even underscored by today’s Manila Times column of Tiglao. See http://www.manilatimes.net/where-the-mamasapano-massacre-really-started/160368/. Aquino should resign now!!!

002Hyden566Toro
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@Chrissie:

Thanks for the article of Mr. Tiglao, of The Manila Times…all patriotic Filipinos MUST Read the column…

JAMES GANG
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I’m not a Filipino BUT I read that article and it has no support for a lot of what is written in it.For example: Who says that Aquino is hunting for a ‘Nobel Peace prize’? I mean WTF? That is pure bull-shit.The saying that meeting in a third neutral country diminshed Aquin’s standing at the meeting is,again, purest BULLSHIT. It diminishes the MILF leader NOT Aquino.Aquino meeting the guy on separate soil extends NO QUARTER to the MILF leader in the country where the MILF leader seeks to be recognized,namely the Philippines.Talk about FLIPing the script,EE-GAD MON. It is actually… Read more »
jame-boy
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“I’m not a Filipino…..”
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That sums up why you don’t know how we feel feel about.

jame-boy
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Correction: “about it.

JAMES GANG
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@ jame-boy, my comment had nothing to do with ‘feeling’s, it had to do with the twisting of the facts by the article’s author. I am not a fan of any Filipino politicians: they are all full-of-shit,lying,thieving weasel’s, every single one of them.
However, that does not qualify the basic mis-representation of facts that the quoted article contained.
Look at what the guy said and then ask yourself if it is true. Not much of it was verifiably true, actually none of it was. Read ,if u like, my comment again.It doesn’t deal with feelings…it deals with verifiable facts.

jame-boy
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It’s not really about feelings, it’s about your not being a Filipino as reason to fail to acknowledge the fact before you. I really don’t care about the author, Tiglao, but it so happened that what he said was also what I think about the events. I’m also not a fan of politicians, heck, I’m a fan of nobody. Like you, I say it as I see it and I didn’t like what I saw in how we deal with the MILF. Diminish his standing or not, I don’t think Pres. Aquino or any president for that matter, should be… Read more »
#JeSuisSAF
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..Je Suis SAF. Soy SAF. I am SAF. Ako Mao SAF. Ako SAF. Ako SAF. Pasensya na, akala ko ang #JeSuisCharlie ay tungkol sa Jesuits. Si Pope Francis at Cdl Chito ay mga Jesuits. Ang presidente din natin ay turuan ng mga Jesuits. Napaligiran tayo ng Jesuits, kaya nagkamali ako ng akala. Ang #JeSuisCharlie ay tungkol din pala sa mga Muslims na pumapatay ng mga tao. Akala ko ang mga Muslims ayaw ng baboy, bakit kung pumatay sila ng tao parang pumapatay ng baboy? Pasensya na, siguro ayaw nila ng baboy, kasi baboy sila? Ako SAF. Maganda ang pag-iisip sa… Read more »
Pallacertus
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As an aside, since I haven’t read the article and skimmed briefly through this post:

A cultural faux pas like the no-show at Villamor (whatever its underpinnings, psychological or otherwise) is not and cannot be an impeachable offense.

Hyden989Toro
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The no show of Aquino at Villamor Airbase is a show of his INSENSITIVITY to the murdered Filipino Police/soldiers.

He cares only for himself, his Hacienda Luisita, his buddies the MILF/ISIS/AL QUEDA…He is responsible for the death of the Police/soldiers… He cannot be impeached; but he can be FORCED OUT from office and hanged for treason..

Pallacertus
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I’ll just reply to one sentence from your reply to me, deranged as the rest is with hatred and spite and unfounded and unprovable accusations about Noynoy: “The no show of Aquino at Villamor Airbase is a show of his INSENSITIVITY to the murdered Filipino Police/soldiers.” Wrong-headed it certainly was, but insensitive? I’m sorry, but have you been elected or selected president of anything? (And as long as we’re going with this tripe about insensitivity and Pinoy police/soldiers/whatever, why no peep from you or anyone about Noynoy not showing up at Mamasapano to grieve with the families of the slain… Read more »
Hyden979Toro
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Benigno Aquino, Sr., BS Aquino III grandfather, was a Japanese Imperial Army collaborator. He founded the KALIBAPI Party, to collaborate with the invaders/occupiers. Many of the KALIBAPI Party members were responsible for the death of Filipino Guerrillas.

During the U.S. liberation of the Philippines. Aquino Sr. fled to Tokyo, Japan with the Japanese invaders. After the surrender of Japan…he was arrested by U.S. Military Police in Japan…returned to the Philippines; and was convicted to be Hanged for Treason. He was pardoned eventually by Gen. MacArthur…to obtain peace among Filipinos…

A bystander
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@Pallacertus

why no peep from you or anyone about Noynoy not showing up at Mamasapano to grieve with the families of the slain men of the MILF, killed in that blood-soaked cornfield?)

What an idiotic comment! Were they even under the President’s command? You must be nuts for bringing that up. I mean, you seriously putting the MILF rebels on the same level as the PNPSAF?

Think before posting your comment.

A bystander
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@Benign0

This Pallacertus has a lot of nerve questioning your discretion and the guideline in your own blogsite. He talks like an expert in the blogosphere. He should create his own site before judging. I bet he’ll block everyone who disagrees with his views.

jameboy
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The no show of Aquino at Villamor Airbase is a show of his INSENSITIVITY to the murdered Filipino Police/soldiers. – Toro
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It’s just funny that you saw the ‘insensitivity’ of the guy that you described as this:

“May kiriring ang tuktuk ni Aquino”
We have a President, who is educated, but mentally retarded…

JAMES GANG
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@ Palla…I agree,during the Iraq and Afghani wars how many dead American soldiers coffins were met at Andrews AFB in the USA by the sitting Presidents? Bush and Obamma attended to that just about zero times. It is not a lack of respect, it is not Aquino’s job. Calling for the guys impeachment all the time diminishes the REAL crimes he and his admin have committed and should have already been prosecuted for.

Jmac
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There is a popular sentiment among people, who may or may not be supporters of Pnoy, that he shouldn’t resign because the next in line to the presidency could probably be much worse. So the lesser evil would be to just let him be, let him serve the remainder of his term.

If that indeed is the predicament, then the country IS hopeless.

Hyden979Toro
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We can have an SNAP Election for the President and Vice President. Try Aquino-Purisima-Abad for Treason…and hang them…

JAMES GANG
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@ H979T, ain’t gonna happen no matter how many people wish it would.

Hyden007Toro
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@JAMES GANG:

It is just a “Hyperbole” statement…

Carlo
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Even Pres. Erap who had a lower educational-attainment than PNoy has done something better in dealing with the MILF.

Sea Bee
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I hate to speak ill of the dead; but, I have to question your characterization of the PNP as a: “govt. service critical to the well-being of ordinary filipinos.” The PNP is largely invisible to ordinary Filipinos. These lazy, corrupt slugs spend most their time sitting on their fat asses at the station, stuffing donuts into their faces. Most of the policing in this country is being done by private security guards. If the PNP showed the same degree of competence displayed in the bus hostage debacle, it is no wonder they were massacred. Was this a case of “sending… Read more »
urmimi
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Considering that our President must step down from his position, then who will take his place? VP Binay probably. Again an endless arguments would take place considering that he is also in various controversies right now.

Hyden979Toro
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Snap election can take place…for President and Vice President…no HOCUS PCOS machine….then, put these three stooges, on trial for Treason…they ceded territory and financed the MILF/ISIS/Al Queda, with our taxonomy and U.S. aid money….

Hyden979Toro
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Our TaxMoney and U.S. Aid were used to Bribe the MILF/ISIS/Al Queda in the negotiation…What is Abad doing in that negotiation? He is the Purse Holder of Aquino.
What is Purisima doing in that negotiation? What is Aquino doing in that negotiation? He is selling us to these Terrorists…

enough-of-the-aquinos
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enough-of-the-aquinos
I can define BS Aquino’s presidency in five events. First, the Manila hostage taking where a handful of Hong Kong residents were killed. I remember it vividly. As a housewife who is always tuned into the radio, I remember wondering why no one was paying attention to the situation. It started in early in the afternoon and ended at night. Not one of the “smart boys” from the Aquino government gave a hoot. To make matters worse, we found out that BS Aquino was having dinner in some Chinese restaurant nearby. He was excused from this. Second, the Yolanda typhoon… Read more »
Pallacertus
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So in other words, you have condemned Noynoy of arson, murder, and jaywalking in your mind, fully recognizing that you don’t hold full possession of the facts, and indeed spurred by your insecure hold over them — and for all that he must resign or else.

Stick to your day job, please.

domo
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Implying that you still want the stupid pwesident to be “raped” by his incompetence. Are you really that dense?

Pallacertus
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You’re reading tons of non-existent innuendo where there is none. I’m not implying anything.

Like some of us here, I am waiting for the truth commissions/investigative committees/whatchamacaliits to finish doing their thing and publish their reports for everyone to see. If the lion’s share of the blame goes to the President, I’ll act accordingly; if someone else is to blame, the same.

enough-of-the-aquinos
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enough-of-the-aquinos

@ Pallacertus

Yes, I will stick to my day and night job, which is being a full time housewife! I’m proud to be one! And that’s why my heart goes out to the wives of the SAF 44!

jamebo
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I don’t see Pres. Aquino resigning voluntarily just because 44 policemen died in Mindanao. Here’s the reason why. One, we don’t have it in our DNA that officials resign just because some unfortunate thing happened in their watch. Actually, even if they have a direct hand on an event, so scandalous and incriminating that their leadership is put to question, nobody resigns. Heck, Gloria did not even imagine it after the Hello Garci expose. Erap, even when no longer in power still insisted of no resignation on his part but only temporary leave. Nope, we don’t have it in the… Read more »
jay
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it is the bangsamoro propose state that could save hacienda luisita through what they insist the ‘ancestral domain’ pnoy will fight for that for sure over his dead body because that’s the only thing he’s been fighting for, the fight his parents died for, the hacienda luisita, the roots of all this mess.

jeni
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it is the bangsamoro propose state that could save their plantation through what they insist the ‘ancestral domain’ pnoy will fight for that for sure over his dead body because that’s the only thing he’s been fighting for, the fight his parents died for, the plantation, the roots of all this mess.

jeni
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call for the oust of the yellow dynasty and its army, not pnoy. you oust pnoy and who’s gonna take over, another yellow? are you guys kidding.

enough-of-the-aquinos
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enough-of-the-aquinos

@ Pallacertus

Geez, you’re too highfalutin to read between the lines. Job? Where are the jobs?????????
Did I say he should resign? READ BETWEEN THE LINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yagi
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pallacertus: pls open your eyes, ears and nose.

LA702
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Nobody rejoices when life shattering events strikes a nation. Peoples lives are put to a halt, families bright future dimmed, trust shattered, pain and anger lingers. Pres. Aquino, I’m sure is shocked at this tragedy. The nation is, and who isn’t, but in spite of the tragic loss of lives, the nation must move on. The assassination of JFK, the greatest modern US President did not put the US at a stand still, the US moved on. There are many questions to be asked, congressional inquiries, finger pointing and speculations but at the end of the day smart Filipinos will… Read more »
triple r
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My quick rant and theory on this issue is this. That simpleton (ab)noynoy in his teleserye mind thought: hey my boy purisima is in trouble. Why not give him the chance to be a hero. In (ab)noynoys mind the operation to catch marwan would go smoothly and boom he could then give credit to his conquering boy purisima. This is the simplistic and teleserye type thinking that I believe lead to this tragedy. Hey (ab)noynoy this may not be the match that lights the dynamite that kicks you out of office but if in the summertime power failures start to… Read more »
d_forsaken
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Being in command means making tough decisions. Not being in command means shutting up and doing what you’re told.

truth
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benign0, why do you have to put all the blame to Pres.Aquino. Why do you have to add heat to the fire, what you have written here is pure hatred towards Pres.Aquino.. Instead of promoting hatred why not sympathize with the family of those 44, send help or encouraged them to still believe in the goodness of life. WTH

WinterSoldier
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Son, why are you and your fellow simpletons are totally missing the point? In any case, what you have written speaks more of your idiocy and ignorance. It seems you never understood anything about things like LEADERSHIP and COMMAND RESPONSIBILITY. Instead of continuous Noynoy cocksucking, why don’t you also sympathize with the family of those 44 AND criticizing the president himself? Criticism of the president is also believing the goodness of life. As Theodore Roosvelt states: “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is… Read more »
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