SAF survivor to Noy: ‘That’s his karma”



In a resolution released Friday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of charges against former President Benigno Aquino III Usurpation of Authority (Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code) and violation of Section 3(a) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019).

In the investigation, Ombudsman Morales stated that “there is no gainsaying that President Aquino was fully aware that the Office of the Ombudsman had placed Purisima under preventive suspension at that time [for the anomalous Werfest deal].” Despite this, SMS exchanges between President Aquino and Purisima showed that the suspended police chief played a major role in the botched operation.

“The fact remains that, at the time, particularly before and during the actual implementation of Oplan Exodus, Purisima was under preventive suspension, and that Purisima, despite being under preventive suspension, indeed played an active role in Oplan Exodus, as shown by all the record of SMS exchanges and findings in the Senate Committee Report on the Mamasapano incident, to the point that he was exercising a degree of authority and discretion over Napeñas and consequently, over the operation,” reads the Consolidated Resolution.

“Certainly a public officer who is under preventive suspension in barred from performing any public functions and from meddling into the affairs of the government. In other words, Purisima would not have been placed in such a position of continuing to conduct himself, in relation to Oplan Exodus, in a manner as if he was not under preventive suspension at that time, from his position as PNP chief, were it not for the complicity and influence of President Aquino.” Ombudsman Morales commented.

A member of the Special Action Force (SAF) who survived the ill-fated Mamasapano operation claiming former President Benigno Aquino III is reaping “bad karma” for allowing 44 SAF troopers to die implementing the “Oplan Exodus.”

“That’s his karma,” said one of the elite commandos who took part in the bloody operation against Marwan and his protegé Abdul Basit Usman on January 25, 2015.

The officer, who refused to be identified for security reasons, said he is hoping justice will be swift for his fellow commandos who perished in the 12-hour gun battle against the combined forces of bandits and Moro rebels.

The police commander, who was privy to the details of the operation plan against Marwan, said Aquino failed to give the “support” the SAF troopers were asking for at the height of the firefight.

“This is good news for our brothers who sacrificed their life, begging for the support na kaya naman sana niya (Aquino) ibigay (that he can easily provide),” the official told Inquirer.

He said the development in the Mamasapano case gives the troops “high hope” that someone would finally be held accountable for the massacre of 44 men.




Source:  Inquirer

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