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PRESIDENT NOYNOY'S SPEECH ON THE MAMASAPANO ENCOUNTER

VIDEO: President Aquino addresses the Mamasapano clash/ Date posted: Jan 28, 2015 6:29pm

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/249172/liveevents/replay-president-aquino-addresses-the-mamasapano-clash

- He knew about the operation but it has been started long before and the order to assault would depend on the opportunity and since there's a Warrant of Arrest already that the SAF had to enforce

- It is not the fault of the President if there were SAF killed since he is not the military planner but SAF

- Gen. Purisima as per their claim did not lead the operation but merely served as adviser since it was him who has been involved in the intel gathering and the hunt for Marwan.

- PNoy cited the fault of the SAF commander for not planning the operation well given the complexity of the battle. He failed to inform the top men who should have been informed prior to the operation and he failed to consider the need for AFP's support. He miscalculated the enemy's reaction and variable strength.

- PNoy had been reminding his team to check on 'coordination' to ensure success.

- PNoy asks MILF to step aside when AFP/PNP is undertaking operations aimed at getting the High Value Targets

- PNoy asks MILF to help get the HVTs.


PNoy cites SAF chief for poor coordination

By Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 01/28/2015 7:20 PM | Updated as of 01/28/2015 8:38 PM
DILG chief Roxas, PNP OIC Espina didn't know about operation

MANILA (1st UPDATE) - President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday cited lapses of the chief of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in the deadly operation that was originally meant to arrest Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan.

In a televised speech on Wednesday night, Aquino said the operation against Marwan and another terrorist, Basit Usman, was an “actionable intelligence” signifying that security authorities needed to act immediately against the terrorists.

He said he was not informed of the specific operation that began on Saturday night, but that the SAF members had a job to serve the arrest warrants issued by the courts.

“’Sir, can I proceed with the mission?’ I don’t think I was asked that question… but if they will have to wait for me for their every action, then they will have to contend with other things occupying my attention,” he said.

Aquino said, however, he had consistently reminded authorities of the need for timely and adequate coordination in order to ensure that operations against any lawless elements will become successful.

“Hindi kalakihan ang pwersa ng SAF, mahalaga na nakaantabay ang military,” he said.

He said, however, that the chief of the SAF commandos only ensured “minimum compliance” with his order.

He said the military, as support for the SAF men, did not have enough time to position their arms and men for the operation.

At least 44 PNP-SAF commandos were killed and 19 other cops injured in the deadly "misencounter" with Muslim rebels.

SAF chief Police Director Getulio Napeñas Jr. was relieved of his post Tuesday.


WHO KNEW?

Aquino denied suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima had a hand in the operation against the 2 terrorists.

He said Purisima was “involved directly” until he was ordered suspended last December. He said, however, “after that, since [Purisima] was very knowledgeable about the whole thing, pinapaliwanag nya sa akin ang intricacies of the plan.”


Aquino explained that the intelligence information on the terrrorists determined the exact whereabouts of Marwan and Usman.

Aquino also said Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa did not know about the weekend operation.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP acting chief Leonardo Espina were also kept out of the loop.


WHAT WENT BEFORE

Nonetheless, security forces knew what to do with “actionable intelligence” information, Aquino said.

“Kung hindi aaksiyunan ang kaalamang ito, maaaring makatakas sina Marwan at Usman, at kakailanganin na namang simulan ang mahabang proseso ng paghahanap sa kanila,” he said.


He said it was past 4 a.m. on Sunday that the SAF men entered the area where Marwan and Usman were allegedly hiding.

“Sa nangyaring engkuwentro, diumano’y napatay ang pangunahing target na si Marwan. Nang marinig ang putukan, nanlaban naman si Usman at ang kanyang mga kasamahan. May mga non-combatants na nakita sa mga tirahan nina Marwan at Usman; kinailangan talagang dikitan sila ng ating mga puwersa para maiwasang madamay ang inosente. Unang inatake ang bahay ni Marwan; rumesponde naman sina Usman at nawala ang element of surprise na siyang magpapahirap na matupad ang kanilang misyon. Kaya naman, minabuti ng SAF na umatras at makipag-rendezvous sa mga kasamahan nilang nagbabantay ng kanilang daraanan papalabas sa lugar ng engkuwentro,” he said.

It was when the men were withdrawing that they encountered Muslim rebels, resulting in a bloody end.

“Kung may compliance pong nangyari sa atas kong siguruhing may sapat na koordinasyon, parang sinagad po itong very minimum compliance. Nagulat nga po akong malaman na ang pinuno ng Western Mindanao Command, o maski ng 6th Infantry Division, ay tila naabisuhan lamang matapos ang unang engkuwentro laban kina Marwan at Usman; palabas na ang puwersa ng SAF, at nagkakaroon na ng problema sa puntong ito,” he said.


MILF's ROLE

Aquino said there is not enough basis to blame the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), noting that a board of inquiry has been specifically tasked to investigate the incident.

Asked if it was acceptable that a friendly force such as the MILF would shoot government forces in such a manner, Aquino said: “Wala po akong facts. Aakusahan ko ang isang grupo na walang tangang ebidensya.”

Some of the SAF men who died supposedly did not have their uniforms and firearms when they were found in an area supposedly controlled by the MILF.

Aquino believes the MILF will stick to its promise of helping realize the Bangsamoro peace pact.

“Inaasahan kong sa lalong madaling panahon, mas kongkretong patunay ng pakikiisa sa paghahabol ng kapayapaan ang ipapakita ng MILF, tungo sa paghahabol ng katotohanan, at sa pagpapanagot sa mga may kasalanan,” he said.

At the minimum, the MILF forces are expected to step aside when government soldiers are to implement their mission, he said.

“They should step aside to make the operations against Usman and anyone else who will shield him be less complicated,” he said.

He also expects the MILF to identify the people responsible for the carnage and help in recovering the firearms. “It would only be reasonable to expect this from them.”

Aquino said the campaign for the Bangsamoro government will continue.

He slammed some quarters who are supposedly using this incident to derail the peace process.

“Napakalayo na po ng ating narating tungo sa kapayapaang matagal na nating minimithi para sa Mindanao. Ibayong tiwala po ang ipinamalas ng lahat ng panig upang maabot ang puntong ito. Sa nangyaring insidente sa Mamasapano, mayroon na pong mga nagsasamantala ng trahedya para mabawasan ang tiwala; nais nilang mabigo ang proseso ng pangkapayapaan. Mayroon na nga rin pong nagmumungkahing itigil ang pagsulong ng Bangsamoro Basic Law sa Kamara at Senado,” he said.

Aquino declared Friday as a national day of mourning.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/01/28/15/pnoy-cites-saf-chief-poor-coordination


Related news video; AFP and PNP on red alert following reports of retaliatory attacks from BIFF

Militar at pulisya, naka-red alert kasunod ng madugong engkwentro sa Mamasapano
Date posted: Jan 28, 2015 10:57pm
Reporter: Chino Gaston

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/249515/stateofthenation/militar-at-pulisya-naka-red-alert-kasunod-ng-madugong-engkwentro-sa-mamasapano
Edited by Flipzi, Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:12 pm.
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