By: Elena Grace Flores
The deaths of 44 police commandos in the Mamasapano massacre or misencounter as part of the Aquino administration’s move for counter terrorism operation are even more painful now for the surviving family and loved ones. Benigno Aquino III just shrugged the news off saying that the relatives of the fatalities can suffer more if this is pursued.
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) filed the complaint against Aquino at the Office of the Ombudsman, accusing him of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide for his alleged role in the “Oplan Exodus” operation that led to the deaths of 44 elite troopers of the Special Action Force (SAF) on January 25 last year in Mamasapano, Maguindanao; according to Inquirer.
Also implicated in the complaint were dismissed former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima and former SAF Director Getulio Napeñas. There was a controversy on Purisima’s role in the operation since he was suspended at that time. Pnoy as he was called reiterated that his instructions were not followed by then-SAF Director Getulio Napeñas.