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Traitors in Mamasapano murders?


(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…You, LORD God Almighty, you who are the God of Israel, rouse yourself to punish all the nations; show no mercy to wicked traitors…” (Psalm 59:5, the Holy Bible).


TRAITORS AGAINST COUNTRY AND NATION IN MAMASAPANO MURDERS? I don’t know if anyone noticed, but ousted Special Action Force chief Director Getulio Napenas just released a bombshell when he accused, in so many words, some people from the military and the police, and even from the government itself, as traitors to the Philippine government and the Filipino nation insofar as attempts to arrest or neutralize terror suspects are concerned.

In his testimony before Senators on Monday, February 09, 2015, Napenas said he decided not to disclose the Mamasapano, Maguindanao police operation on January 25, 2015 to arrest Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, and Bassit Usman, to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, because he was afraid that someone there may leak the information once again and allow Marwan and Usman to escape once more, as they did in the past.

And, what is more, it would seem that even resigned Director General Alan Purisiman shared Napenas’ belief that some people at the AFP and the PNP, and even some other civilian authorities, could not be trusted with sensitive information about operations to arrest Marwan and Usman, prompting him to “advise” Napenas not to tell anyone about the Mamasapano operations beforehand.


“HANG THE TRAITORS”: AFP Chief of Staff General Gregorio Catapang was quick to deny that the AFP had a hand in the leaks, but Napenas seemed to be so sure of himself about the treachery of some men in uniform and, perhaps, even of some civilian officials who, he said, had links with rebel groups, particularly the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

One newspaper report about what Napenas said in the Senate hearing went this way: “According to Napeñas, whenever major operations against the two high-value targets were planned, the information was leaked because the targets were coddled by the MILF, which had many contacts in the police and the military. This was the reason a high level of operational security and secrecy was necessary for Oplan Exodus, he said.”

I say this is a bombshell because it is a shocking proof that there are some men and women in government who have been sworn to be loyal to the country and its people, but who may have been acting as traitors, betraying their oath of office, and betraying the trust given to them by the Filipino nation, for grisly considerations. In some other countries, traitors are immediately hanged.


ARRESTS NEED NOT BE COORDINATED WITH MILF: Lawyer Perfecto Yasay Jr., a former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission under President Ramos, clarified that the arrest of so-called “high value targets”, such as Marwan and Usman, are exempt from coordination with the MILF under existing agreements. So, why are some officials saying the Special Action Force should have coordinated with the MILF first before proceeding to Mamasapano?


COMPLAINT OVER YOLANDA AID IN BURAUEN, LEYTE: Here is a text message from Burauen, Leyte, translated in English: “Good morning Atty. Mauricio… My complaint is that, we signed that we will be receiving P30,000.00 as aid to help us recover from the damage brought by Yolanda. Yet, we were given only P10,000.00 allegedly on instructions of a local official. Where did the balance of P20,000.00 go? What can we do?” Maybe Burauen, Leyte officials can answer this?


POCKETING AID CONSTITUTES GRAFT: If somebody pocketed the P20,000.00 that was supposed to have been given to Yolanda victims in Burauen, Leyte, this could amount to graft and corruption, under Section 3 (e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Withholding financial assistance after the supposed recipient signed for its receipt is corruption of the highest order.


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