NOYNOY AQUINO : A MOUNTAIN OF LIES


President Benigno Simeon Aquino tells a gathering of "Christian leaders" that he was fooled by Special Action Forces (SAF) Director Leo Napenas. Photo by ANCAlerts
President Benigno Simeon Aquino tells a gathering of “Christian leaders” that he was fooled by Special Action Forces (SAF) Director Leo Napenas. Photo by ANCAlerts

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III snubbed the invitation of the Board of Inquiry created by the Philippine National Police. Instead, he chose to deliver his latest outrageous speech under very controlled conditions.

“Christian leaders” gathered this afternoon on the grounds of Malacanang to pray for the President’s deliverance from his critics.

This, as he added to the mountain of lies dished out since January 25, the day 44 Special Action Forces, at least 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels and six civilians died in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao.

His speech came just a day after the nation commemorated the 40th day of the Mamasapano deaths. His speech came a day after widows of the SAF’s Fallen 44 begged him to tell the truth, and days after a surviving SAF hero of Mamasapano said the only justice he wants is to know who allowed his comrades to die. (Read: ‘No One Asked For Coordinates’ )

Napenas, only Napenas

allan-purisima-and-pnoy-1-1What did Mr. Aquino have to say this time? That Napenas tricked him.

Just Napenas. There was very little mention of his best friend, disgraced Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima.

Maraming wishful thinking si Napenas as opposed to reality. Maliwanag sa akin: binola niya ako … Sinolo ni Napenas. Siya ang nag desisyon at may times na yung desisyon niya palpak. Pag alis niya sa akin nung January 9, lumalabas ngayon na wala siyang intensyon na tuparin yung utos ko sa kanyang mag-coordinate.”

(Napenas was indulging in wishful thinking, instead of focusing on reality. It is now clear to me: he tricked me. Napenas operated as a lone wolf. He decided alone and those decisions were wrong. When he left me on January 9… I now know that he had no intention of obeying my order for him to coordinate.)

pants on fireMr. Aquino today claimed, that as early as the January 9 briefing in Bahay Pangarap, he already told Napenas that the SAF cannot deploy just 160 SAF troopers in Mamasapano to take out Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, and Basit Usman when there were 3,000-4,000 potential hostiles in the area.

“He told me: ‘Sir, mag co-coordinate kami on jump-off.’ Sabi ko: ‘Hindi pwede yung pagkilos dapat iposisyon yung kanyon. Kailangan iposisyon yung tangke. Kailangan iposisyon yung plano, yung tao, yung gasolina at yung bala ng kanyon, yung bomba ng eroplano.” Hindi mo magagawa yan ng 30 minutes.”

(He told me, we will coordinate on jump off. I told him, you can’t do that because you need to position artillery and tanks, personnel, gasoline, ammunition and bombs from planes.)

Desperate tack

Christian leaders, led by Eddie Villanueva -- father of the head of an agency that received plenty of pork from the President -- listen to his latest defense on Mamasapano. Photo by ANCAlerts
Christian leaders, led by Eddie Villanueva — father of the head of an agency that received plenty of pork from the President — listen to his latest defense on Mamasapano. Photo by ANCAlerts

Aquino betrays his desperation with this new tack.

The Commander in Chief now presents himself as a fool, just to evade accountability for the tragedy that has torn the peace process into shreds and sent tens of thousands of Maguindanao residents escaping from clashes.

It’s exactly what the #TruthAndAccountability Network forecast in its statement last week. 

“Various officials, from the Secretary of Justice to the Senate President, have tried to downplay the President’s role. Drilon has the gall to preempt the Senate’s investigative report, insisting no blame should be ascribed to the President.”

“Misguided, misled, misinformed. While he may have been all that, we warn lawmakers: Do not shield the President. Napenas answered only to Purisima and Mr. Aquino — because the President willed it.”

Pants on Fire

Simply put, the President lied today.

The lies are so bad they fly in the face of logic.

Today’s lies also show that he lied in his earlier speeches to the nation, when he claimed not to have dabbled into operational details about Mamasapano.

You wonder how his advisers – who must have monitored everything that has gone before – allowed him to mouth off in this fashion. Anyone can access news reports of the Senate Mamasapano hearings and related incidents.

But then accounts of the President’s willfulness are legion. Mr. Aquino has always had a problem dealing with reality – other than that which exists in his mind.

The fact is, the President is scared. Very scared. And he has a lot to be scared of, starting with the fact that the men he sacrificed in Mamasapano, and the men left holding the bag of blame, refuse to be silent.

The ship of state has so many leaks. Men in uniform themselves are punching holes in the President’s tall tales.

Time on target

What the Senate did not bring to light was leaked last week: a video of Napenas, the morning after the Mamasapano clash, briefing Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and a roomful of officers.

Napenas, in response to Roxas’ questions, said the President knew that coordination would be time-on-target. Did Napenas lie? If he did, so did BFF Purisima, who repeatedly defended to senators his concept of time-on-target.

  • This is the same Purisima who told Napenas not to inform PNP OIC Leonardo Espina and Roxas of the operation. He never denied Napenas’ story before the Senate.
  • This is the same Purisima who claimed the duty of informing the AFP chief of staff – and never did so.
  • This is the same Purisima who escorted Napenas to brief the President; Purisima who stayed behind for a private chat with the President, and then gave his orders to Napenas.
  • And this, by the way, was Mr. Aquino’s text mate as the Mamasapano tragedy unfolded.

Not Napenas. Only Purisima. (The President barely acknowledged Roxas’ text on the morning of January 25. And he did not bother to talk to Roxas – who shared the same Zamboanga City-bound plane – until things got so bad around noon.)

Pure Bull

The President now claims he ordered Napenas to preposition artillery and even mentions bombs from planes. That would have caused massive destruction on communities -- which did suffer from the January 25 clash. Photo by Kenneth Guda, PinoyWeekly
The President now claims he ordered Napenas to preposition artillery and even mentions bombs from planes. That would have caused massive destruction on communities — which did suffer from the January 25 clash. Photo by Kenneth Guda, PinoyWeekly

If, indeed, Mr. Aquino warned Napenas of the need to marshall all possible personnel and equipment for Mamasapano, then he lied earlier in denying any operational responsibility.

But did Mr. Aquino really play the general in advising Napenas of what was needed in an operation where the SAF could face 3,000 to 4,000 enemies?

That is pure bull.

  • Had Mr. Aquino warned Napenas of 3,000 – 4,000 enemies in Mamasapano, he would NOT have texted Purisima, asking why they left Marwan’s body behind, and then say the enemy strength was just over a dozen men.
  • Had Mr. Aquino, indeed, warned of the hordes of enemies, he would not have flayed the SAF survivors for the failure to get Basit Usman.
  • Had Mr. Aquino given the warning, Purisima would NOT have repeated again and again to the Senate, that time-on-target fantasy.
  • Had Mr. Aquino said all that, he would have tore at his hair and shred his barong during his first televised speech.

What commander in chief would ask a SAF director to initiate a powwow with the AFP chief of staff?

Had the Commander in Chief informed Napenas that thousands of enemies were waiting for the SAF, he would have at least checked with the AFP chief of staff and PNP OIC and DND secretary. (Never mind, Mar Roxas, whom he apparently blamed for Purisima’s woes.)

Killing his own legacy

Flaglets calling for Truth and Accountability during a February 25 event in front of Camp Crame.
Flaglets calling for Truth and Accountability during a February 25 event in front of Camp Crame.

Had Mr. Aquino warned of thousands of enemies, then he was was willing to risk peace talks with the MILF. The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) do not have that many men in Mamasapano. Many of those thousands would have to come from the ranks of the MILF.

If Mr. Aquino ordered the prepositioning of artillery and bombs from planes, why was there no rescue of the hapless SAF? As a SAF survivor notes, they provided coordinates regularly. Every time they moved. They could have given the coordinates of the enemy had these been requested. There was no rescue until very late in the afternoon. (Read: ‘No One Asked For Coordinates) 

If the President was willing to pour fire and brimstone on the enemy, he would have told his AFP officers to bomb away. Those poor men, blamed for the deaths of the SAF, had the peace process in mind as they scotched tactics that would have scorched Mamasapano communities.

If the President was ready to sow destruction on those 3,000 to 4,000 enemies, why is he now appealing for the passage of the Bangsamoro Law? If the President was willing to bring that much destruction on the MILF, why is he asking Congress to reward them with the BBL?

(That is said with sorrow, because I truly believe the Bangsamoro deserve the right to self-determination. )

The Real Issue

Stop your lies. A message to the President from the #truthandaccountability network.
Stop your lies. A message to the President from the #truthandaccountability network.

All of Mr. Aquino’s lies are attempts to coverup the main question of accountability.

He has failed to answer this: Why did you insist on appointing a disgraced police chief to head such a sensitive operation (thousands of enemies!) with the potential to wreak death and destruction?

Purisima’s role was not limited to advise. He directed Napenas. He reported directly to Aquino during planning and as the bitter truth unfolded.

You lied, Mr. President. You deliberately created a shadow chain of command.

Spare us the old claim of having noble intentions. Even a global terrorist like Marwan is no excuse for whole-scale upending of systems aimed at defending our fragile democracy.

Shadow chains of command are the domains of tyrants and rogues. Especially when these are headed by people accused of serious crimes.

You betrayed this nation, Mr. President. Tama na, sobra na.

22 thoughts on “NOYNOY AQUINO : A MOUNTAIN OF LIES

  1. inday, tiba-tiba ka roto sa article mo…laki ng Binay ad sayo…bakit yung mga magnanakaw sa gobiyerno na nagpapa hirap sa taong bayan ay hindi mo gawan ng article…sabagay billion billiong nakaw ay nakasilaw…kakain nga naman abg pamilya mo, okay lang kung galing sa nakaw ang bayad sa sulat mo…nakakadiri ka inday…!

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    • Dear edcelis, paki tingin na lang sa FB page ko para makita ang napakarami kong banat kay Binay, hehe. At mga posts na nagsasabing di sya pwedeng umupo anuman ang mangyari. At sa pagtawa ko sa ideya ni Peping Cojuangco na iluklok sya sa head ng advisory council🙂 Salamat po!

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    • Saka, edcelis, sa tingin mo ba hindi nagdadasal si PNOY na umabot ang 2016 elections?🙂 Kasi, Binay (ugh). Kasi, abswelto sya kung ganoon. Parang Purisima lang yan, malalim ang pinagsamahan. Aba, di ba may basbas kay PNOY ang NoyBi noong nakaraang 2010 elections?🙂

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  2. Again I tread where angels would not dare, Philippine politics. Justice demands the truth about the #SAF44 be made public. At the same time it looks like this is being used for ulterior motives by others. However I would never suggest forcing President Aquino from power by any means than those in the Philippine Constitution. Part of perpetuating corruption is paying for political patronage & the change we need is in the corrupt system not a President. The system that would let Ampatuan out on bail! The system that has allowed Philippine natural resources to be exploited by foreigners! The system that has people selling/buying votes! It could be said that in the end we deserve the system we vote for. Praying next election people will vote for politicians who deserve our vote & would not demean us by trying to buy it!

    Returning to the #Fallen44 The treason in this is that of the US involvement and the exclusion of those who needed to know and be prepared. My guess is that the “informer” to the FBI was what led to the SAF being led into a trap. Paying for information is about as much use as torture. Now who would benefit most from that? Destabilization is a useful tool, used so often it is ancient. Always remember, when they point and say “look over there” you have to ask what are they trying to distract us from?

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    • Thank you, Craig, for that thoughtful comment. I continue to struggle with the same concerns. The only problem is, that as things are now, with all that pork squirrelled away, his other good friend, Jojo Binay, might just skip his merry way into the throne room.
      And there really goes accountability (because, heck, PNOY blessed NoyBi in the 2010 race).
      Like many Filipinos, I am this near and it is with a heavy heart that I say it.
      The only thing I am sure of is, that if and when, I will not accept the same musical chair outcome of the past EDSAs. Because we all just see the skipping allegiances and betrayals of the ruling class.
      I agree that we should elect people who can lead well. It’s too easy to blame the “bobotante”. But l75% of all elected seats today are held by political dynasties — the system, pork and all, has just strengthened their power with every farcical election, and the forecast is, that if it’s all business as usual, then 2016 will give them 90% of those seats.
      Do I have any answer to this? Not quite, but I am searching and hope people join the search.
      Having said all that, I must still call Mr. Aquino a traitor — to the men he commands and the people who suffer the fallout.

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      • Thank you for the thoughtful comments, Craig! Like many Filipinos, I continue to struggle with the same concerns. The only problem is, that as things are now, with all that pork squirrelled away, his other good friend, Jojo B, might just skip his merry way into the throne room. And there really goes accountability (because, heck, PNOY blessed NoyBi in the 2010 race).
        Like many Filipinos, I am this near and it is with a heavy heart that I say it. The only thing I am sure of is, that if and when, I will not accept the same musical chair outcome of the past EDSAs.
        Because we all have seen the skipping allegiances and betrayals of the ruling class. I agree that we should elect people who can lead well. It’s easy to blame the “bobotante”. But 75% of all elected seats today are held by political dynasties — the system, pork and all, has just strengthened their power with every farcical election. The forecast is, that if it’s all business as usual, then 2016 will give them 90% of those seats.
        Do I have any answer to this? Not quite, but I am searching and hope people join the search.
        Having said all that, I must still call Mr. Aquino a traitor — to the men he commands, the people who suffer the fallout.
        Thanks for dropping by!

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  3. Thank you po, I agree with all of it. For what it is worth, I am on the same quest as you looking for the answer. The one key I have found is that a strong Civil Service with a good whistle blowers code would help.

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  4. This is a very good article. Detailed and specific. It’s just sad to realize that its just an article afterall. After reading, we get furious mad. Then thats it. The president will just get away with it. Of the 1-10 thousand readers of this article, NO ONE will do anything after reading…. Bloody revolution, anyone?

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  5. Accountability through protests or blogs? Nah, never. He will never budge…How many politicians came and gone, how many complaints have we heard all over the country. Did any of them answer for accountability? NO ONE. ….only way you will get it is through revolution… a bloody one…. the only way.

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  6. People are reaping the fruits of the seeds that they sowed when they voted for yet another Aquino. Ninoy was no hero. Cory was no saint. The Filipinos have paid ENOUGH for the Aquinos blunders.

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  7. All your comments are nothing but a mere assumption, and the President could not plan a military operations. What tactics he knows? Only the General knows war tactics -not the President..

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  8. edcelis–Pag si Binay ang issue,too boring,pag si Trillanes ,o ang Buong LP at NP parties,hay bonga sarap sumale.. Govt corruption

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