THE WAR AGAINST TERRORISM THAT WENT WRONG
The sole objective of the January 25, 2015 Police Commando Operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, was to capture Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Abdhir alias "Marwan" dead or alive.
It was a significant success in the war against terrorism.
Unfortunately, although not unexpectedly, it resulted in the deaths of 44 brave members of the PNP Special Action Force who were massacred by MILF rebel elements that were jolted by the clandestine campaign to arrest one of FBI's most wanted international Terrorists.
But the SCANDAL of the so-called MAMASAPANO MASSACRE that threatened to desecrate the memory and dishonour the heroic efforts of those who willingly paid the supreme sacrifice in dutifully carrying out their orders under OPLAN EXODUS, was the UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT PRESIDENT AQUINO FOR REFUSING TO PROMPTLY AUTHORIZE THE RESCUE OF THE TROOPERS WHO WERE TRAPPED IN AN OPEN TERRAIN BY A NUMERICALLY SUPERIOR ADVERSARIES and HIS FAILURE TO ACCEPT FULL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE RISKY AND DANGEROUS OPERATIONS.
Ironically, P-Noy's behavior was prompted by an overriding desire not to jeopardize the GRP- Bangsamoro peace negotiations - THE BBL WHICH WAS BLATANTLY FULL OF ILLEGAL PROVISIONS.. His authorization for a police or military intrusion into a rebel-held territory without coordination with the MILF, violated a key protocol in the on going peace process. Yet to do so would have inevitably compromised the delicate top secret operation.
This to my mind was the reason why the former president deliberately tailored his orders to General Purissima and Col. Napenas to be vague and imprecise to give him the flexibility of a plausible denial of involvement should the operation be prematurely exposed by glitches. He wanted a clean exit to save face.
Simply put, at the height of a grave crisis P-Noy desperately tried to escape accountability by putting the blame on others. He displayed a fundamental flaw vital to the Presidency - LACK OF MORAL COURAGE!!!
INDEED, PRES. RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE is GOD SENT!!!
~ Patricia Laurel