Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:53
(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness…” (1 John 1:9, the Holy Bible).
PNOY IS TO BLAME FOR MAMASAPANO FIASCO? There is no one to be blamed but President Aquino himself if 44 Special Action Force (SAF) officers and men and 18 others were killed in the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano, Maguindanao operation to arrest or kill Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan, an ABS CBN interview with former SAF chief Gen. Getulio Napenas on March 25, 2015 indicated.
Responding to questions from veteran broadcaster Ted Faylon at the program “Faylon Ngayon” (aired Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at DZMM 630 and DZMM Teleradyo), Napenas gave the interview one day before Aquino was to address the 2015 graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), the alma mater of about 6 or so SAF officers who were killed in Mamapasano, to try to explain what really happened.
In a move seen to preempt whatever Aquino may say in the PNPA graduation rites, Napenas made it clear that the President understood the dangers of the Mamasapano mission, as well as the need to make it a total secret at its initial stages, not notifying any other officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP) or of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) about the operation.
MAMASAPANO APPROVED BY PNOY HIMSELF: Napenas disclosed that during the final briefing of Aquino on January 09, 2015, the President was briefed about the “time-on-target” doctrine, which meant notifying other PNP and AFP officers only when the operation was already being carried out, notwithstanding its concededly dangerous nature.
Napenas also stressed that he believed that the operation against Marwan in Mamasapano was approved and given the go-signal by the President himself, also on January 09, 2015.
Explaining this belief of his, Napenas said that since the Mamasapano operation was the subject of the closed-door exclusive meeting in Malacanang participated in by him, by Aquino, by one other police official, and by then suspended PNP Chief Gen. Alan Purisima, Purisima’s giving the go-signal for the operation, after emerging from a one-on-one meeting with Aquino, meant the President himself approved the entire project.
NAPENAS: “WE WERE LEFT HANGING”: Napenas claimed that when Purisima stated that he would “take care” of AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang in relation to the Mamasapano operation, he believed it meant that the Armed Forces would be helping the SAF troopers who, even during the Malacanang meeting on January 09, 2015, were already expected to encounter grave difficulties in their escape or retreat after killing Marwan.
Yet, Napenas said, despite Purisima’s assurances, he and his men were left hanging, totally ignored even when President Aquino and his top police and security officials were all gathered in nearby Zamboanga City on January 25, 2015.
MACHINES TO REPLACE HUMANS? There is an interesting, yet scary, prediction from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: the time is coming, he said, that machines will supersede the human race, considering their capability to think faster than humans. “If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently,” Wozniak said.
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