Former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr. believes that it was former President Benigno Aquino III’s fault why the Mamasapano operation resulted to the death of 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF).
When Oplan Exodus was carried out, Aquino had refused to authorize rescue operations which led to the tragic death of 44 soldiers.
Aquino cleverly tried to guise the whole botched operation as the fault of former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima and former PNP Special Action Force chief Director Getulio Napeñas who were both with him giving out orders during Oplan Exodus.
Yasay explained how Aquino wanted to carry out Oplan Exodus without the rebels knowing given that there were ongoing Bangsamoro peace negotiations that time. Had the rebels known, it would affect the peace process.
Aquino conveniently saved his face during Mamasapano tragedy by redirecting his line of orders. But in the current administration, Aquino’s flawed tactics are coming to light.
In his full post on Facebook, Yasay said,
“THE TRAGEDY OF MAMASAPANO
The sole objective of the January 25, 2015 Police Commando operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, was to capture Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Abdhir alias “Marwan” dead or alive.
It was a significant success in the war against terrorism.
Unfortunately, although not unexpectedly, it resulted in the deaths of 44 brave members of the PNP Special Action Force who were massacred by MILF rebel elements that were jolted by the clandestine campaign to arrest one of the FBI’s most wanted international terrorists.
But the scandal of the so-called Mamasapano Massacre that threatened to desecrate the memory and dishonor the heroic efforts of those who willingly paid the supreme sacrifice in dutifully carrying out their orders under Oplan Exodus was the unacceptable conduct of the President in refusing to promptly authorize the rescue operations of the troopers who were trapped in an open terrain by a numerically superior adversary and accept full responsibility for the risky and dangerous undertaking.
Ironically, P-Noy’s behavior was prompted by an overriding desire not to jeopardize the GRP- Bangsamoro peace negotiations. His authorization for a police or military intrusion into a rebel-held territory without coordination with the MILF, violated a key protocol in the on going peace process. Yet to do so would have inevitably compromised the delicate top secret operation.
This to my mind was the reason why the former president deliberately tailored his orders to General Purissima and Col. Napenas to be vague and imprecise to give him the flexibility of a plausible denial of involvement should the operation be prematurely exposed by glitches. He wanted a clean exit to save face.
Simply put, at the height of a grave crisis P-Noy desperately tried to escape accountability by putting the blame on others. He displayed a fundamental flaw vital to the presidency – the lack of moral courage.
Indeed PRRD is God sent.
Source: Facebook / Perfecto Yasay
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