Thursday, 05 March 2015 11:59
(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors…” (Isaiah 53:12, the Holy Bible).
SCANDAL ERUPTS ON PNOY BLAMING PURISIMA: For the record, many feel scandalized by the attempts of President Aquino and Malacanang to blame resigned Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Alan Purisima, for the Mamasapano massacre where 44 officers and men of the Special Action Force were brutally killed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters on January 25, 2015.
Did not Aquino say, early on, that Purisima could not be blamed nor be held liable in anyway for the death of the SAF commandos, people are asking. And, people are also wondering aloud, did not Purisima already declare publicly, in an act perceived by many as gallantry of the highest order, that he was taking full responsibility for the Mamasapano massacre, in an obvious ploy to clear Aquino?
So, how come Aquino suddenly made a turn around, as he is now singing a different tune about Purisima’s liability over the Mamasapano operation, to the effect that the former PNP chief must take all the blame for this blot in the nation’s history because he lied to the President?
PNOY, PURISIMA: BREAKING POINT: Your guess is as good as mine, but I think that the presidential change-of-mind was prompted by Purisima’s public denial, through a statement issued by his lawyer-relative, that he lied to the President about the help for the SAF policemen. Purisima disputed the President’s accusation that he lied, saying that he never lied at any point in his career as a policeman, and during all the time that he was considered as the best friend of Aquino.
That denial was perceived by Aquino and his spin masters as Purisima’s breaking away from his long friendship with his long-time friend and benefactor and, as a veiled attempt as well to already implicate the President in the Mamasapano debacle. When Purisima made that public denial, he became an urgent target for character assassination, to take away his credibility, if and when he found himself disclosing the truth about Mamasapano.
But as we wrote the other day, the only thing that Purisima can do now to defend himself is to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, as to how the Mamasapano operation came about, who ordered its execution on January 25, 2015, and who was really in charge of the whole operation all along.
PNOY BLAMING PURISIMA HAS PRECEDENT: If Purisima does this, he is not going to be alone. As far as I can recall, there is already a precedent of an official of an Aquino government spilling the beans, so to speak, after being dropped like a hot potato, on account of that official being perceived to be moving against the interest of the powers that be. I am of course referring to the case of former Agrarian Reform Secretary and now Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.
Miriam’s case as a Cabinet member of the Cory Aquino government is in fact documented by Wikipedia, which reported: “President Aquino was chair of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council. As secretary, Santiago was the vice-chair. The media pointedly asked her if the hacienda belonging to the president’s family should be covered by agrarian reform. “(The Cojuangco family had opted for corporate farming by retaining the land and paying the farmers in the form of corporate shares, thus exempting themselves from the agrarian reform law.) When Santiago said that the family’s hacienda should be distributed among the farmers, it was not long before President Aquino accepted Santiago’s resignation…” Santiago later publicly disclosed this experience of hers with the first President Aquino.
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