By: Elena Grace Flores
The multiple homicide case filed against Aquino over the Mamasapano misencounter did not bother him much but he was worried for the surviving loved ones who would go through more pain should the case be pursued by instigators. He was quoted as saying; Napeñas turned the Mamasapano raid into a ‘mission impossible’.
Aquino insisted that he instructed Napeñas to coordinate with the military and follow the ceasefire mechanisms before launching the operation against Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan in Maguindanao. But instead of coordinating with the military, Napeñas followed a so-called “time on target” concept, where he informed the Armed Forces in the area of his operation after Marwan had been taken down. Napeñas also failed to follow the ceasefire mechanisms, which is part of the peace negotiations between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF); as published by the Inquirer.
However, Getulio Napeñas, former director of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), said that President Benigno Aquino III has no courage to take responsibility for the anti-terrorist police operation in Mamasapano that led to the deaths of 44 SAF members last year. He alleged that it was not he but Aquino who broke the chain of command. He even commented that Aquino “did not have balls”.