Mamasapano incident, hindi mis-encounter kundi massacre ayon kay Santiago

admin   •   February 12, 2015   •   2871

(Left-Right) Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago and MILF chief negotiator Mohaguer Iqbal (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Halos isang oras ang pagtatanong ni Senador Miriam Santiago sa mga resource persons sa pagpapatuloy ng pagdinig ng Senado ngayong araw ng Huwebes sa Mamasapano encounter.

Hindi kumbinsido si Santiago sa mga naging sagot ni dating Special Action Force (SAF) chief Director Getulio Napeñas sa kanyang mga katanungan at ang ginawang pag-ako nito na responsibilidad niya ang operasyon ng SAF troopers.

“Ang problema sa iyo sir, is that you assuming full responsibility for the operations,” anang senadora kay Napeñas.

Naniniwala rin ang senadora na dapat may managot na mataas na opisyal ng pamahalaan sa pagkasawi ng 44 na pulis.

Sinermonan din nito si dating PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima sa pakikialam nito sa operasyon ng PNP-SAF kahit suspendido.

“Your honor, when I made a remarks regarding what was have been taking by Police Director Napeñas, it was an advice your honor,” ani Purisima.

Sagot naman ng senadora, “Don’t quibble with me, I told you I’ve memorized blocks law of dictionary “I only advice, I did not order”, really? buti sana kung wala akong doctorate o di ako nag-graduate sa UP.”

Paliwanag naman ni MILF chief negotiator Mohaguer Iqbal na mis-encounter ang nangyari at tiniyak na makikipagtulungan sa pamahalaan upang madakip ang nakatakas na si Basit Usman.

Iginiit ni Iqbal na hindi nila alam na nasa poder ng MILF ang mga wanted na terorista na sina Marwan at Usman.

“Hindi po namin alam na nandoon si Basit Usman atsaka nanduun si Marwan,” anang MILF chief.

“I use the word mis-encounter because there was no intention on the part of the MILF for really to fight SAF,” saad pa ni Iqbal.

Sagot naman ni Senador Santiago, “This is not an encounter, it was a massacre dahil pumunta sila dyan sa quadrangle na ito dyan sila, wala silang cover dito sa mga punong kahoy na ito, wala sila cover sa air or from the sea dyan lang sila at kulang pa sila ng bala. Kaya ng maubos ang bala nila all the MILF and the BIFF did was to go there and shoot them individually one by one. That is a violation, brutal violation of the Geneva Convention of War.”

Samantala, sinabi naman ni Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin na may ulat silang natanggap na may planong kudeta kay Pangulong Benigno Aquino III.

“We indeed received those reports and we are still in the process of verifying and confirming those reports, as far as kudeta is concerned it will entailed the support of the military and we are very confident that the military will not be involved in this kudeta,” giit ni Gazmin.

Naniniwala naman si Santiago na dapat may pakialam ang Anti-Terrorism Council of the Philippines sa Mamasapano probe.

Ang Anti-Terrorism Council ay binubuo ng Executive Secretary bilang chairman, DOJ secretary bilang vice chair, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of National Defense (DND), Finance Department at National Security Council (NSC).

Binuo ito matapos maisabatas ang Human Security Act of 2007. (Bryan De Paz / UNTV News)

105 CBRNE-trained police officers ready to be deployed upon DOH request —PNP

Maris Federez   •   February 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines— The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed that it has manpower ready to respond in case the Department of Health requests for support in addressing any related 2019-nCoV concerns.

PNP chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said his men are ready to help in the contact tracing of people who may have been in contact with patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

These police officers have undergone training on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives (CBRNE).

They belong to the Special Action Force (SAF), the Health Service, the Crime Laboratory, and the Explosives and Ordnance Division-K9 Unit of the PNP.

Gamboa said these men are used to being installed in the frontline in case the DOH requests for their help in placing suspected nCoV patients in quarantine.

“Tutulong ang PNP but we are just presenting na merong kaming ganitong pwersa whom they can use.  Hindi naman talaga ito pang may sakit. This is for chemical warfare but equally they are protected so they can be used. Inilalatag lang namin na meron kaming capability na ganito and ready to be deployed at anytime,” Gamboa said.

Gamboa added that these men have the necessary equipment such as the Hazzard Material (Hazmat) suit.

The PNP chief also directed the directors of the national support unit, regional directors, and unit commanders to see to it that each PNP office is provided alcohol, that every personnel has acquired the habit of frequent hand-washing and proper hygiene.

“Imagine a face mask would only last for 8 hours. Eh kung lahat ng pulis pagamitin natin, that’s 205,000 and that’s everyday so you can imagine the cost of it. We are also in touch on the available resources we have kaya ang directive ko only when it is necessary, especially yung pag nasa places of convergence”, Gamboa said.

The PNP is also mulling over the possibility of implementing a lockdown of the training facilities, including the PNPA, NPTI, and the regional training service to ensure the safety and protection of the cadets and trainees.

Gamboa also directed the CIDG and the local police to help the Department of Trade and Industry and the local government units in monitoring the prices and suspected hoarding of face masks. —(from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

Sandiganbayan junks raps vs Purisima, Napeñas over Mamasapano clash

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020

The Sandiganbayan has dismissed the charges against former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima and ex-PNP Special Action Force chief Getulio Napeñas over the Mamasapano clash in 2015.

The dismissal of the charges against the two former police officers was due to the lack of probable cause to charge them of graft and usurpation of official functions complaints for their involvement in the anti-terrorist operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in 2015.

The said operation led to the deaths of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.

Purisima was charged for still leading the operation to kill terrorists Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan and Abdul Basit Usman, under Oplan Exodus, despite being suspended as the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief.

Napeñas, on the other hand, was also charged for allegedly conspiring with Purisima.

Based on the resolution, Purisima and Napeñas cannot be charged due to the lack of sufficient evidence.

“There is no mention in the information, nor any evidence on record, that accused Napeñas received or expected to receive any material remuneration or consideration therefor,” the resolution states. “It could not be said that Purisima was under the pretense of being a PNP chief because he was ordered by his president and commander-in-chief to perform such supervision and monitoring.”

Purisima and Napeñas were charged with violating Section 3(a) of the anti-graft law which punishes “persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations.”

Meanwhile, the Sandiganbayan said the dismissal of the criminal complaints did not mean that the two accused had no liability over the Mamasapano clash and appropriate charges can still be filed against them.

“What the court merely ruled is the non-existence of probable cause against Napeñas in both charges and the insufficiency of the allegations in the information filed against Purisima,” the resolution reads.—AAC

50 plain-clothes cops to be deployed during Maguindanao Massacre case promulgation

Maris Federez   •   December 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines— The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will deploy 50 police officers in civilian clothes to ensure security during the promulgation of the Maguindanao Massacre case on December 19, 2019.

This is apart from the more than the 200 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers and the Civil Disturbance Management Unit that have been initially tasked by the NCRPO to guard the security in the Metropolis.

According to NCRPO acting director PBGen. Debold Sinas, they will implement a lockdown inside the Camp Bagong Diwa-Taguig so that no untoward incident will slip through them during the promulgation.

 “They already approved na mag lock down kami ibig sabihin yung ibang jail na nandoon di ba 6 jails ang nandoon pero lahat sila hindi na mag aaccept ng bisita on the 18th and the 19th,” Sinas said.

He added that they will not let any protest rallies be staged inside and outside the camp as this will stall traffic flow.

Sinas also assured that the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) will strictly guard the security of Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes, as well as, the prosecutors.

“Ngayon pa lang sini secure na natin ang judge. After the promulgation continue pa rin yung security natin sa kanya until such time na she will feel normal. Including yung prosecutor,” he added.

To date, authorities have yet to receive any threat against Reyes, the prosecutors, and even in the venue where the promulgation will take place. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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