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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Duterte to Aquino on Mamasapano incident: I do not want to insult you but something really, really bad happened

In a speech of President Rodrigo Duterte at the Palace's Heroes Hall in front of the families of 39 slain SAF commandos, he criticized the past administration and said that there was a violation committed.
Photo credits: Journal Online

Duterte said that former President Benigno Aquino III, fed the SAF troopers "to the lion's den to be eaten by death." 

"I do not want to insult you but something really, really bad happened," Duterte said. 

"You have to answer to the nation, why did you send the police? What's so special about the police?" 

"Why did you send the SAF when SAF is organized and geared into the service to meet the challenges of urban terrorism? Urban is urban," said Duterte.

"Why the police? Why not the army with artillery? If you want to arrest the criminal not urban-related, you have [to order the] military instead," he added. 

"I do not want to pick a fight at this time in my life but I want you to give a message that it happened during your time and there were a lot of investigation[s] at the lower house [of] the Congress, the Senate, and at your office... You could have completed the investigation," he said. 

"You left many unanswered questions during the investigation... We [must] address the issues and find the reasons why [that happened], then, the family will get the justice. Otherwise, they will bring to their grave the hurt and agony that they have to endure losing a husband, a father or a brother." 

Two years had passed since the Mamasapano tragedy but the families are still crying for justice.

Watch the full speech of President Duterte below:


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