ABS-CBN News - Bongbong: PNoy should clarify role in Mamasapano operation

11 February 2015

By ABS-CBNnews.com

abscbn_thumbMANILA - Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. wants President Benigno Aquino III to shed more light on his role in the bloody Mamasapano operation on January 25.

On ANC's "Beyond Politics," Marcos alleged the chain of command in the Philippine National Police (PNP) was violated when resigned police chief Alan Purisima involved himself in planning the operation despite his suspension.

Purisima, a known ally of the President, admitted he participated in meetings about the mission but insisted he merely gave advice, not orders.

"What gave Gen. Purisima this blanket of authority? I wanted to know. That's why I keep saying that I think it is time that the President make very clear exactly what his role was in all of this," Marcos said.

"Ang pwede lang mag-authorize kay Gen. Purisima na gumalaw ng ganito ay mas mataas sa kanya. Wala nang mas mataas kay Gen. Purisima kundi Presidente. So how did that work exactly?"

The senator added the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may have a hard time in the legislative mill amid questions over its constitutionality and some of its provisions.


But government chief peace negotiator Miriam Coronel Ferrer maintained the law is the best road to peace.

"If the BBL is not the process, what is the alternative? Some people have said on the matter of constitutionality, then why don't we move ahead with constitutional change?"

"No BBL is probably better than a mangled BBL, because that will be repeating history," she said.

She added an all-out war is out of the question.

"It's easy to say, 'Down, get rid of BBL!' or simply go back to war, but we need more concrete alternatives than that, because going back to war for me is not an option. I don't think the people of Mindanao would want that to happen. Maybe if the bombs are not going to fall on your backyard, you don't care," Ferrer said.

While several lawmakers have expressed doubts over the BBL, a Mindanaoan peace advocate remains optimistic.

"I think there's still time. We are still 16 months ahead, and I believe that if we can just overcome this particular crisis, we should be able to move together," said Mary Ann Arnado of the Mindanao Peoples Caucus.

"For PNoy, I think it's also high time that he will really mobilize everyone, come together, so we can push forward the implementation of the peace agreement," Arnado added.