It appears that the missing pieces about the Mamapasano encounter in Maguindanao is coming into place now. The massacre of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Maguindanao last January 25 2015 has stirred the nation that the call for President Aquino to step down has now started to snowball.
While many insisted that the Mamapasano incident was not a “massacre” or “carnage,” the video footage – uploaded in social media networks – showed the helpless and wounded police officers being shot at close range by the perpetrators.
The seemingly lackluster attitude of the national government appeared to have also incense the nation. As a result, the framework agreement between the Moro rebel group and the government is now on the brink of falling into pieces.
But, amid the uncertainties and suspicions, the ongoing probe about the Mamapasano carnage has provided a flicker of hope for justice to be ultimately be served to the fallen 44 SAF operatives.
Now, with the revelation that President Aquino, resigned PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima, and other top military brasses were actually monitoring the Mamapasano firefight, the probe is heading to a new twist.
Police Director Getulio Napeñas Jr, the PNP SAF commander, reportedly made the disclosure during an Executive Meeting with the Senate probe body about Aquino, Purisima, and even the presence of American military officials at the time when the Mamapasano incident took place.
I am not shaken by the story at all. After all, those who followed this writer knew that this column has first written the American involvement in the Mamapasano incident.(Mindanao Daily News, Feb. 4, 2015, Jumping on the bandwagon of false piety).
This column also first exposes the presence of President Aquino in Zamboanga City on January 25, 2015 – the day when the firefight occurred in Mamapasano. (Mindanao Daily News, Jan. 30, 2015, Aquino in Zambo when carnage occurs).
During the executive meeting of the Senate probe body, Napeñas reportedly told the body that President Aquino was monitoring the Mamapasano encounter through the “drone” together with American military officials. In one of the leaked information, Aquino reportedly ordered the reinforcement to “stand down. ” What the President means of “stand down” is something very disturbing.
While the story of the Aquino, Purisima, and the American official presence is not a surprise, the word “stand down” appears to be something else. Did President Aquino order the reinforcement to stay put instead of rushing to the rescue of the embattled comrades?
Perhaps, Napeñas has finally realized that taking the sole responsibility of the Mamapasano fiasco is pushing him on the wall for nothing. Thus, for Napeñas, the time to spill the beans has come. The probe body knows that the beleaguered SAF commander has more under his sleeve. Like anybody else, the citizenry is also keen on hearing Napeñas to tell more in order that justice would be served to the fallen 44 SAF members.
Yet, the citizenry is now also apprehensive of the possible outcome of the Senate probe. There are insinuations that result of the Senate investigation is already a done deal. Many believed that the result of the investigation is certainly directed to exonerate Aquino of any liability.
Obviously, it is the fear of absolving the President that the call for Aquino’s resignation has started to snowball. -0-