President Rodrigo Duterte has cleared former President Benigno Aquino III of any prison legal responsibility in reference to the 2015 Mamasapano tragedy.
In an interview after the submission of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law in Malacañang Monday (July 17), Duterte stated it was simply Aquino’s dangerous luck that the covert “Oplan Exodus” went awry.
“Wala. Talagang talo, malas,” he stated when requested who amongst Aquino, former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima and former Special Action Force chief Getulio Napeñas ought to bear the brunt of duty for the botched police operation.
While Duterte stated the shortcomings within the operation will at all times be Aquino’s burden, he additionally acknowledged the dilemma his predecessor confronted when the beleaguered SAF troopers sought reinforcements whereas preventing varied armed teams in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in January 2015.
The elite police commandos had been deployed to the world to serve an arrest warrant on overseas terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan.
“There was no assistance, reinforcements, the military air assets, the cannons there, it could have reached… But then you cannot do it, because you will also kill the people, the women, and children there. Magkagulo tuloy,” Duterte stated.
The President has described as “silly” the graft and usurpation of authority charges filed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales in opposition to Aquino.
He stated the charges are sure to fail since Aquino, as President, had the liberty to seek the advice of anybody he needs concerning Oplan Exodus.