Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile assured former President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III behind the bars for the death of the 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) during the incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, two years ago if he will serve as the lawyer for the government.
Enrile cited the crime of treason could be charged against the former president by the government’s prosecutorial agency for aiding and comforting the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which he labeled as an enemy of the people of the Republic.
The SAF44 were killed during an MILF-influenced area while trying to enforce a warrant of arrest against an international bombing suspect named Zulkifli bin Hir also known as “Marawan”.
“Palagay ko hindi niya masasagot yong tanong ko sa kanya pag naupo siya sa witness stand,” he said.
The former senate president believes the former President should be liable for the incident since he has all the powers of as the head of state.
He has all the powers. He was in Zamboanga. He knew what was happening. He was still aboard the plane and they were already talking with (Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar”) Roxas and Defense Secretary (Voltaire) Gazmin. They were texting (suspended PNP Chief Alan) Purisima. They went to a headquarters and was briefed that there was a killing (of PNP-SAF members) in Mamasapano. He was with his defense secretary, the chief of staff, and Roxas,” he said
Enrile also pointed out thatb Aquino would’ve issued an order to help the 44 slaughtered policemen.
“There is only one who can stop them (Armed Forces of the Philippines and SAF elements near Mamasapano) from moving (to help the beleaguered SAF combatants) and that is the Commander in Chief, the President of the Republic of the Philippines. No one else,” he added.
[Source: Manila Bulletin]