Court martial the responsible

Chito ParazoInvestigations conducted by the Senate and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Board of Inquiry (BOI) held President BS Aquino ultimately responsible for the tragic outcome of the Mamasapano incident.

Resigned PNP Chief Alan Purisima and former PNP-SAF chief Getulio Napeñas were also both found to be liable for usurpation of office and grave misconduct. If both police officers were found to be liable for usurpation of office and grave misconduct, how come they have not been charged nor suspended from office without pay.

I think they should face court martial proceedings for what they have done which led to the brutal slaying of 44 members of the PNP elite commandos. This will at least assuage the feelings of the widows, orphans, and the grieving mothers of the slain PNP commandos.

For the time being, President Noynoy will never be made to account for his role in the bloody encounter between PNP-SAF commandos and Muslim rebels in Mindanao. Most probably, his political enemies will wait until his presidential term is over before they will nail him down.

Police Director Benjamin Magalong, chairman of the BOI and chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group said the chain of command of the PNP was violated after President Aquino, General Purisima and SAF Chief Napeñas concealed the Mamasapano operation from the PNP-OIC.

The BOI report also stated that the President also allowed Purisima to participate in the planning and execution of “Oplan Exodus” despite him being suspended.

The BOI report likewise found out that President Noynoy exercised his prerogative to deal directly with General Purisima and Napeñas instead with the PNP-OIC, which clearly bypassed the chain of command of the the PNP.

Despite this damaging report of the BOI on the President’s faulty decision to allow his suspended PNP chief to run the operation, I do not expect the Malacañang subservient Congress to take legal actions against President Noynoy, or even perhaps censure him.

In the case of Napeñas, he recently told the media how disgusted and frustrated he was about not getting enough support from ranking government officials and military officers who were in Zamboanga city during the fierce gunbattle between government forces and Muslim rebels.

In an emotional expression of disappointment and dejection of being made an escape goat and the death of his fellow police officers, Napeñas said “the bad thing about the bloody encounter is that these high ranking government officials approved our mission but left us hanging in the air.”

The sacked SAF chief must be referring to President Noynoy and his entourage of cabinet members and ranking officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who were in Zamboanga city at the time the firefight was going on.

Among those with President Noynoy were DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and General Gregorio Catapang Jr, AFP Chief of Staff.

Napeñas, like a man, admitted his share of culpability for what had transpired in the tragic incident. He, however said that other government officials and ranking military officers should be man enough to admit their own responsibility in the bloody operation.

Napeñas also expressed his different opinion with the BOI report stating that President Noynoy bypassed the PNP chain of command by dealing with him directly. He claimed the President never talked, consulted nor texted him about the operation. He said President Noynoy always dealt with his “friend” General Purisima.

He added that because of General Purisima’s perceived closeness to President Noynoy, he followed every advise and orders the suspended PNP chief gave him without question.

It’s a pity Napeñas has an excellent track record as a police officer for many years. I doubt if ever he will be able to recover from this imbroglio. In the case of disgraced General Purisima, he should start spending his ill gotten wealth because once President Noynoy step down from power, he will be made accountable for all her did while head of the PNP.

I wonder what the inmates will do to General Purisima when he start serving his prison sentence. Most probably, he and former PNP Chief Avelino Razon Jr. will be cellmates. Charges of plunder, graft and indirect bribery were recently filed with the Ombudsman against General Purisima and General Razon.

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