Senate Committee on Local Government chair Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said that the Thursday, February 12, hearing made it clear that the Mamasapano operation was hidden from acting Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Leonardo Espina and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.
In an interview over dzMM, Marcos said, “Maliwanang na ‘yong pagtatago nitong operasyon kay Secretary Mar Roxas at saka kay acting chief PNP na si General Espina.”
"Tinanong ko kay General Napenas saka kay Purisima na sabay silang nakipag-meeting kay presidente. At tinanong ko sa kanila kung noong nandoon ba kayo eh hinahanap niya si Espina? Sabi naman nila, hindi naman," Marcos said.
“Eh di ibig sabihin, hindi niya hinahanap si Espina. Ibig sabihin, alam niya talaga na hindi sasama. Kaya ‘yong pagka-break ng chain of command ay alam ng presidente,” Marcos added.
Because of this, Marcos believes the president should explain his role in the Mamasapano operation.
“Kaya’t siguro again, paulit-ulit ang panawagan namin na magpaliwanang naman sana si Pangulong Aquino. Ano ba talaga ang naging role niya dito?” Marcos said.
“Bakit niya gagawin yon? At hanggang ngayon hindi naming maisip kung bakit, anong advantage, anong maganda doon sa ibe-break ‘yong chain of command,” he said.
Marcos also mentioned that he and the other senators had an executive session with Moro Isalmic Liberation Front Chief Negotiator Mohagher Iqbal.
While he declined to give details on what was mentioned in the session, Marcos said they got a lot of “useful” and “constructive” information from it.
He said that when they have been cleared to talk about what went on in the executive session, they can give the public a more detailed picture of the botched operation.