Students Stage 'Blackout' Campus Walkouts
Against Mamasapano ‘yellow-washing’ 

 

Katipunan Schools & Community Hold Ecumenical Prayer, Candle Lighting for Justice for Mamasapano

 

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Press Release
March 13, 2015

 

#NoMoreBS | Students hold ‘blackout’ campus walkouts against Mamasapano ‘yellow-washing’ 

Thousands of students walked out of classes on March 13, Friday to call for the resignation of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III over the Mamasapano offensive a day after the Board of Inquiry released their report on the bloody operations. 

The students opposed the “yellow-washing” of the Mamasapano investigations and condemned the Aquino government’s efforts to “cover-up and hide the truth from the public.” 

Students from the University of the Philippines System, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, University of the East, Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, National Teachers College and many others are set to hold campus “Blackout Protests for Justice.”

The students also condemned the “unlimited” tuition hikes under the Aquino government. They called for justice for Rosana Sanfuego and Kristel Tejada, students who took their lives after they were unable to pay for tuition and campus fees. 

“The BOI report further exposes BS Aquino as a liar and a traitor. That American soldiers were seen in the command posts confirms that they were running the show. Aquino betrayed the nation and sacrificed the lives of Filipinos in the altar of US terror war. Buking na buking na po kayo ng taumbayan, Mr. PNoychio,” said Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of Anakbayan. 

Crisostomo meanwhile said the BOI report may have already been doctored when it was not released immediately to “yellow-wash” President Aquino’s role. He also said the refusal to continue the hearings in the lower house, the termination of the Senate hearings and the suspension order on Makati Mayor Junjun Binay are part of efforts to “misdirect and deceive.” 

“Aquino is entangled in his own web of lies. His desperate efforts anger the Filipino people further. Today we walkout against BS; no more lies, no more injustice, no more impunity,” he said. 

Campus walkouts started at 10am and “blackout” marches in campuses were held in the afternoon. Candle light protests and assemblies were also conducted in the evening. 

In UP, campus administrators including UP Diliman Michael Tan and several college deans took part in the protests. Similar youth protests were also be held in Baguio, Pampanga, Laguna, Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao.

 

Reference: Vencer Crisostomo, 09399207114 @venzie

 

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Twitter: @anakbayan_ph

Anakbayan is the comprehensive mass organization of the Filipino youth, advocating genuine national independence and democracy as a solution to the nation's problems. It is open to anyone from 13 to 35 years old, and currently has a 20,000-strong membership across the Philippines and in several cities in the U.S, Canada and Australia.

It is not a partylist group and is in no way affiliated with the pro-Aquino group Akbayan.

 
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March 13, 2015
 

 

#NoMoreBS | Students hold ‘blackout’ campus walkouts against Mamasapano ‘yellow-washing’

 

Thousands of students walked out of classes today to call for the resignation of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III over the Mamasapano offensive a day after the Board of Inquiry released their report on the bloody operations.

 

The students opposed the “yellow-washing” of the Mamasapano investigations and condemned the Aquino government’s efforts to “cover-up and hide the truth from the public.”

 

The students also condemned the “unlimited” tuition hikes under the Aquino government. They called for justice for Rosana Sanfuego and Kristel Tejada, students who took their lives after they were unable to pay for tuition and campus fees.

 

Campus walkouts started at 10am and “blackout” marches in campuses were held in the afternoon. 

 

In UP, campus administrators including UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan and several college deans took part in the protests.

 

Videos of the UP Diliman walkout can be viewed in the Anakbayan facebook page by clicking the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1059433084072121

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1059433974072032

 

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Press Release
March 14, 2015

 

Congress asked to resume hearings on Mamasapano in light of BOI report

 

Youth group Anakbayan today pushed for the resuption of Congress hearings on the Mamasapano bloodbath after the release of the Board of Inquiry report saying President Aquino is accountable for giving the go signal for the "defective" mission, violating the chain of command and the suspension order on Purisima, among others.

 

Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of Anakbayan, said Congress should reopen the hearings next week and stop the government's "yellow-washing" of the truth on Mamasapano.

 

"Congress should reopen the hearings and should not allow itself, led by Speaker Sonny Belmonte to be complicit to the yellow-washing and lies. The BOI is further proof that the Aquino government is engaged in a grand cover-up scheme. There is growing call from the public for truth, accountability and justice," he said.

Crisostomo said Congress leadership should not renege on its promise to resume the hearings after the BOI report has been released.

 

"Congress should give the families of the SAF and the victims of the Mamasapano offensive a chance to ask questions and to speak. There is more that needs to be uncovered regarding the role and liability of the US and the President in the bloodbath," he said.

 

Earlier, 92 congressmen have signed a letter to House Speaker Sonny Belmonte calling for the resumption of the hearings. An online petition is also asking the house to resume hearings.

 

Anakbayan says they are planning a rally to Congress next week.

 

Reference: Vencer Crisostomo, 09399207114, @venzie
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Reference:   

REP. LUZVIMINDA C.ILAGAN 0920.9213221

REP. EMMI A. DE JESUS 0917.3221203

Ed Atadero (Public Information Officer) GLOBE 0915.1439219 or SUN 09435770574

 

13 March 2015

For immediate release

 

Reopen House probe on Mamasapano mess after BOI report

 

Gabriela Women's Partylist Representative Emmi De Jesus today echoed the call from the Makabayan Bloc and the more than 100 other district and partylist signatories to the appeal addressed to the House leadership that pleaded for the resumption of the aborted committee hearings, and continue to provide real answers to the still unresolved questions around the Mamasapano incident.

 

 "Ngayong nailabas na ng Phiippine National Police Board of Inquiry ang kanyang ulat, wala nang dahilan pa para maudlot ang muling pagdinig sa mga usaping hindi mabigyang liwanag dahil sa pagtatakip na ginagawa ni Presidente Aquino at ng kanyang mga kasangkot na opisyal sa kanilang papel sa madugong engkwentro sa Mamasapano," De Jesus said.

 

 She reminded House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and the majority block to keep the chamber leader's word that joint hearings will be resumed by the Committees of Public Order and Safety, and Peace and Reconciliation after the PNP submits the report to the Palace.

 

 De Jesus said that she gathered sentiments from women civic leaders that the BOI report is very limited, since it covered operational questions mostly within the PNP itself. She said that a House query can very well summon other parties such as the AFP, the defense and foreign affairs departments, and even the office of the president and foreign embassies.

 

 "The BOI wrote that six Americans were identified as part of the actual plan execution. This alone generates a lot more questions and the board report says very little else about this important revelation," De Jesus said.

 

 On Monday, Gabriela Women's Party activists will picket the gates of Congress to add the people's demands to the growing pressure inside parliament for Belmonte to allow the Mamasapano inquiry to reopen. ###

 

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Gabriela Women's Party

"Babae, Bata, at Bayan.... Tuloy ang Laban!"

 

 

 

     
     
     
           
     
     
     

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

13 March 2015

 

NO MORE BS: Thousands of students walk out of classes, demand Aquino’s resignation

 

Thousands of students from universities and colleges across the country walked out of their classes in a ‘Blackout Protest’ on Friday, condemning the new round of tuition and other school fee increases and Aquino’s cover-up of his accountability in the Mamasapano operation. 

 

The youth group League of Filipino Students (LFS) slammed Aquino as a liar after the Philippine National Police board of inquiry submitted reports confirming the president’s direct involvement in the operation in Mamasapano. Contrary to Aquino’s initial claims, the BOI report said that the he “had knowledge of the details of Oplan Exodus.” 

 

“The BOI confirms what we already know: that Aquino has the primary responsibility over the Mamasapano operation. This report spoils every attempt Aquino and his cohorts have done to whitewash any accountability for the carnage. This liar of a president has absolutely no reason left to stay in power,” said LFS National Spokesperson Charisse Bañez. 

 

LFS led students from the University of the Philippines Diliman and UP Manila in staging simultaneous class walkouts and snake rallies. The UP Oblation was draped in black cloth to show their indignation against Aquino’s policies which ushered the skyrocketing cost of education and led to the deaths of two Iskolar ng Bayan, UP Manila student Kristel Tejada and Cagayan State University student Rosanna Sanfuego. 

 

“We walk out of our classes today to assert our right to education and continue our call for justice for our fellow youth, Kristel and Rosanna. We march with the rest of the Filipino brothers and sisters to show our outrage against the presidency of Noynoy Aquino and demand for its removal,” said Bañez. 

 

Students from Miriam College, Ateneo De Manila University, and UP Diliman also held a candle-lighting activity along Katipunan Avenue to call for an end in the all-out war in Mindanao and seek justice for the victims of the bloody operation in Mamasapano. 

 

LFS also denounced the United States for denying its role in the operation in Mamasapano. This was also after the BOI report confirmed that 6 Americans were at the command center of the Special Action Force (SAF) hours before the operation was executed. 

 

“Aquino and his foreign master, the US government, were wrong to think they can fool the people. The operation is clearly an affront to our national sovereignty and these criminals must be held accountable,” said Bañez. 

Youth and students also held protests in key cities and provinces, including Baguio, Pampanga, Laguna, Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao. 

The youth group maintained that the growing public outrage against the Aquino government will soon see its downfall. 

 

“We no longer want to suffer under this corrupt, treacherous regime! Another people power shall break the pillars of Aquino’s crumbling might and replace his administration with a government that will truly serve the needs of the most oppressed in the country,” said Bañez. 

 

LFS and other sectoral organizations are gearing for another large mobilization calling for Aquino's resignation on March 20.###

 

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References:

 

Charisse Banez

LFS National Spokesperson

0919 617 8979

 

Charlotte Velasco

LFS Media Liaison

0926 594 5243

 

Website: lfs.ph

Facebook: facebook.com/elepsPH
Twitter: twitter.com/LFSPhilippines

 

     
     
     
           
     
     
     
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S. Tagalog youth call for quality, accessible education;
slam Aquino’s unaccountability, neglect & impunity


PRESS RELEASE
March 13, 2015


REFERENCE PERSONS:

Jio Baldesimo, Regional Coordinator
National Union of Students of the Philippines Southern Tagalog (NUSP ST) 0977 132 1803

Paul Carson, Regional Chairperson
College Editors Guild of the Philippines Southern Tagalog (CEGP ST)
0917 832 9667

 

More than 2,000 students from several schools in the Southern Tagalog region participated in the Regional Day of Unity for Quality and Accessible Education, which also called for truth, accountability and justice in light of the different issues under the Aquino administration.

 

Students in UP Los Banos, PUP Sto. Tomas, Batangas, and DLSU Dasmarinas held different activities including wearing black shirts, literary folio readings, and taking selfies carrying speech balloons addressing tuition hikes, other school fees, and violations of students’ rights. In Quezon province, students from Southern Luzon State University and Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation (MSEUF) will hold a unity march on 5 PM in Lucena City.

 

Major youth alliances NUSP-ST and CEGP-ST noted that this protest condemns the further distancing of tertiary education for the youth. For the next year, more than 400 higher educational institutions (HEIs) are projected to raise fees, as per statistics from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

 

In the Southern Tagalog region, among those HEIs to raise tuition are MSEUF, which will raise tuition to almost 500 pesos per unit. This was opened through a mere presentation of the tuition increase, as per reports from the students. Moreover, violations of student rights were recorded in HEIs that are at the brunt of protests against such increases. In the University of the East, Marko Matibag, a member of the NUSP National Secretariat, was warned by the school administration against protesting against the university’s tuition increase, pegged at 7%.

 

“We are irked by the constant pestering of school administrations to increase tuition and other fees that puts another bundle of burden to students and their parents. The deaths of Rosana Sanfuego and Kristel Tejada prove so that tertiary education, is nearly out of reach,” NUSP-ST Regional Coordinator Jio Baldesimo said.

 

Recently, Rosana Sanfuego, a freshman from the Cagayan State University, took her own life as she was banned to take an examination because of her failure to pay fees. On March 14, students will also commemorate the 2nd death anniversary of Kristel Tejada, then a freshman from the University of the Philippines – Manila. Tejada was forced by the UP Manila administration to file a leave of absence due to failure to pay fees.

 

“Thousands of pesos cannot replace the opportunities and years removed from Rosana and Kristel’s lives. More so, the callousness of school administrators to legitimate calls from the students are direct manifestations of how commercialized our education is,” stated Paul Carson, CEGP-ST Regional Chairperson. He also mentioned that these are possible through increasing privatization and state abandonment of educational institutions in the country through Aquino’s Roadmap to Public Higher Education Reforms and CHED Memorandum No. 3, s.2012.

The student leaders said that today’s action is only the start of mounting discontent against Aquino’s inaction regarding soaring costs of education and social services, including his lies regarding the pork barrel system and the “blame games” on Mamasapano.

 

Both CEGP-ST and NUSP-ST are convenors of the nationwide Rise for Education Alliance, and are the oldest and broadest alliances of student publications and councils in the Asia-Pacific region, respectively. ###

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

13 March 2015

 

UE students join Blackout Protest for Education and Justice

 

Joining the nationwide Blackout Protest for Education and Justice on Friday, the youth group League of Filipino Students (LFS) led students from the University of the Philippines Manila held a noise barrage protest in front of their campus. Students took selfie and groufie pictures while holding placards with calls showing their indignation against the impending 6% tuition increase in their university for the academic year 2015-2016.

 

Participants also called for justice for their fellow youth Kristel Tejada and Rosanna Sanfuego who took their own lives due to their failure to pay skyrocketing tuition and other school fees. They also demanded the immediate resignation of President Aquino because of his policies on deregulation which led to the spiraling cost of education.

 

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References:

 

Charisse Banez

LFS National Spokesperson

0919 617 8979

 

Charlotte Velasco

LFS Media Liaison

0926 594 5243

 

Website: lfs.ph

Facebook: facebook.com/elepsPH
Twitter: twitter.com/LFSPhilippines

 

     
           
     
     
     

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UP Students Hold ‘Blackout’ Action for Justice, for Kristel, Rosanna, Education

 

Quezon City – University of the Philippines (UP) students and youth groups hold a Blackout Protest for education justice

 

Student and youth groups call for justice for the death of Cagayan State University student Rosanna Sanfuego and also for the commemoration of the death of Kristel Tejada.

 

“Rosanna and Kristel’s deaths are manifestations of the commercialized orientation of education in the country. Students are deprived of their right to quality and accessible education. It is both saddening and enraging that Philippine education comes with a price tag and that it has become a commodity,” says Neil Macuha, UP Student Regent.

 

 “The students of UP are one with the Filipino people in calling for justice in our educational system. The government should ensure that education is of quality and is accessible to all. The government should be held accountable over the deregulation of education, which has made tertiary education, both public and private, unaffordable and inaccessible. There is injustice everytime a Filipino youth is out-of-school. It is unjust that students are dropping out. Injustice is when scholars of the people are driven to take away even their own lives due to the high cost of education,” says Cha France, Spokesperson, Rise for Education UP Diliman.

Moreover, “Kristel and Rosanna’s deaths are raging manifestations of the deadly deregulation policies on education and social services imposed by the Aquino administration. Now more than ever, we must act and hold his administration accountable for his negligence on our right to education. Because one death is one too many,” France ended. #

 

REF:

Benedict Opinion, NUSP Spokesperson (0917-527 5879)

 

     
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UST Students Hold Unity Walk, Roar Against School Fee Hikes

 

Manila -  University of Santo Tomas (UST) students and student leaders held a Unity Walk to express their outrage against the looming 5% to 7.9% tuition increase for academic year (AY) 2015-2016.

 

“It seems the UST administration has not learned from Pope Francis’ words and actions. By imposing a new round of tuition and other school fees (OSF) increases, UST is far from showing mercy and compassion! The fact that the university accumulated more than 6.4 billion in net assets from the previous year, it is unnecessary to impose any school fee hike. Increasing tuition and OSF in UST is a socio-economic sin,” says Zari Limcangco Rivera, Spokesperson, Rise for Education UST.

 

Moreover, UST Civil Law Student Council President Victor Villanueva remains firm that the tuition and OSF increases are not development-driven but profit-driven: “UST collected at least P2.9 billion in tuition fees, at least P650 million in other fees from students, almost P300 million from ‘auxiliary services’ and at least P200 million from ‘interest income’ and ‘other sources.’ It was likewise revealed that after all expenses are subtracted, at least P800-900 million remain in surplus every year.”

 

Villanueva added, “We are not against the development of the University, but we insist that the income of the University in any given year is more than adequate to shoulder these costs. Any increase is anything but exorbitant. Our primary consideration should always be the students, the most important sector of any institution of higher learning.”

 

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) also criticized the yearly fee hikes in the country as outright violation of education as a human right. Aquino’s education policy and the Education Act of 1982 merely tolerate capitalist educators to accumulate more revenues and income in the form of dubious and exorbitant fees.

 

“Education is a universal human right. However, the government policy on education strips the general student population of this right. Education is a right not a commodity. It is high time to junk the Education Act of 1982, which is the root cause why school administrators are liberally allowed to make profit out of students and make tuition and other school fees deregulated,” says JC Sibayan, Vice President for Luzon of NUSP. #

 

 

REF: JC Sibayan, NUSP Media Liaison Officer (09274741362)

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Ecumenical Prayer and Candle Lighting for Justice for Mamasapano
Katipunan for truth, accountability, and Justice for the victims of the Mamasapano Operation.
No to the Aquino regime's All-out War!
           
     

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Katipunan Schools & Community Hold Ecumenical Prayer, Candle Lighting for Justice for Mamasapano

 

Quezon City - The Katipunan Community staged a blackout protest calling for truth, accountability and justice after the recent Mamasapano operations and the continued commercialization of education in the Philippines.

 

Dubbed as Katipunan para sa Katotohanan, Katarungan at Kapayapaan, more than 300 students, faculty, and community members from the Katipunan schools (Miriam College, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippine School of Business and Administration) and nearby communities held an ecumenical service, candle-lighting and human chain activity at Miriam College Gate 1.

 

“We are doing this not only for justice, but also for truth and accountability. We are not isolated from the sad state of education in our society and the Mamasapano incident. We have had enough of the neoliberal policies that do not benefit the Filipino people,” said Miguel Pangalangan, Youth Act Now spokesperson.

 

Moreover, Benedict Opinion of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) said that, “The violence in Mamasapano took away not only the lives of policemen, but also the lives of Moros and civilians. It is injustice. Long and lasting peace will be attained if the government will address the root cause of armed conflict. All out offensive or all out war is not the key to attain peace but by addressing the real cause of poverty and inequality not only in Mindanao but also in the country.”

 

“The candle lighting is a symbolical action of the students in seeking the light of truth and justice. Despite all the cover ups and lies, the people’s clamor would still prevail in upholding it’s mandate to attain the genuine freedom and democracy,” Pangalangan ended.

 

REF:

Benedict Opinion, NUSP Katipunan Spokesperson (0917-527 5879)

 

     
           
     
     
     

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BOI fallout – Aquino lies and incompetence exposed

Posted date: March 14, 2015In: News Releases

News Release

March 15, 2015

 

We’re only halfway into March yet Malacanang is already playing a cruel April Fool’s joke on everyone.

 

This was the reaction of the umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan to Palace statements slamming the findings of the Board of Inquiry on Mamasapano. The BOI found President Benigno Aquino III as having approved Oplan Exodus, having violated the PNP chain of command, and having allowed the participation of a suspended official in the operation.

According to Malacanang, Aquino could not have violated the chain of command of the PNP because he exists beyond the chain of command and has absolute authority over all PNP personnel. It also said that Aquino “left nothing to chance” and even ordered then suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima to coordinate with PNP OIC Leonardo Espina.

 

“That’s the problem when you start out with a lie. The lies keep growing bigger and bigger. No one is questioning Aquino’s authority over Napenas. What is being questioned is Aquino allowing his suspended buddy to run the operation and keep it a secret from the rest of the PNP leadership. What is being questioned is Aquino’s act of short-circuiting the internal processes of the PNP, thereby endangering the lives of his own men. What is being questioned is Aquino approving a defective plan that had no real provisions for coordination and that did not consider the peace process with the MILF,’’ said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr.

 

“It is therefore crazy for Palace talking heads to claim that Aquino left nothing to chance. The entire operation was defective, from the concept of the plan to the one implementing it (Purisima). They might as well just renamed it Oplan Bahala na si Batman because that was how negligent Aquino was,” Reyes added.

 

The militant group questioned the claim that Aquino ordered Pursima to inform Espina. This is the first time this storyline has been articulated by Malacanang.

“In a new twist to Aquino’s already convoluted storyline, Purisima is now being blamed for not informing Espina of the operation. Even assuming this is true, the statement further exposes the utter incompetence of Aquino. Why instruct a suspended official to coordinate with the PNP leadership? Why not inform the PNP leadership directly? Is Aquino that lazy or indifferent?” Reyes said.

“What a shame that Aquino, the commander-in-chief, is addressing the graduates of the Philippine Military Academy today when he himself does not seem to understand what the chain of command means. When he himself has demonstrated criminal negligence in approving a defective plan and in failing to rescue or reinforce his own troops. When he blindly followed US dictates in getting Marwan at the cost of the lives of Filipino troops,” the Bayan leader said.

 

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Aquino principally liable for Mamasapano – Bayan

 

Press Statement

 

March 14, 2015

Renato M. Reyes, Jr. BAYAN secretary general

 

Despite its limitations, the Board of Inquiry report on the Mamasapano incident makes clear the responsibility of President Benigno Aquino III in the botched operation to get Marwan.

 

It was Aquino who approved Oplan Exodus, a plan that was described by the BOI as defective from the start. It was Aquino who allowed suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisma to participate and run Oplan Exodus despite the latter’s suspension by the Ombudsman. It was Aquino who violated the chain of command of the PNP. It was Aquino who failed to provide strategic guidance insofar as the peace process was concerned, failing to factor in the ceasefire mechanisms in the planning of Exodus. And it was Aquino who remained silent when the time on target concept was raised by the SAF director.

 

Principal responsibility for Mamasapano resides with the President as commander in chief and as approving authority. What is ironic is that the BOI report made use of the President’s latest statements on March 9 before religious leaders to refute his earlier statements to the media. The March 9 speech in effect boomeranged on Aquino. Thus it became ever clearer that he was the one who approved the defective plan.

 

The suspended PNP chief and presidential buddy Purisima also broke the chain of command and violated his suspension order when he organized meetings, implemented Oplan Exodus and took it upon himself to coordinate with other officials and agencies, including coordinating with the President.

 

Meanwhile, former SAF Director Gen. Getulio Napenas also broke the chain of command when he followed orders from Purisima and when he failed to report the operation to his direct superior, the OIC PNP.

 

The BOI report makes mention of the US role in Mamasapano, citing the 6 US forces who were present at the SAF Tactical Command Post on the eve of the operation. The report disproves earlier statements by the US embassy that they had no role in Mamasapano. The BOI acknowledges that the US provided intelligence, including real –time information, on the locations of Marwan and Usman. The report however stopped short of truly uncovering the extensive role of the US. It failed to follow through on a finding that the submission of Marwan’s tissue samples to waiting FBI agents in General Santos City was against PNP protocol. It failed to follow up on the real source of funding for the operation, which came from the US, and not the P100,000 operational budget previously claimed by Napenas. It did not see anything wrong with the presence of US troops at the SAF TCP.

 

The tandem of Aquino and Purisima are principally to blame for the Mamasapano debacle. What is infuriating is that Aquino has been engaged in a grand cover-up since Day 1 of the incident. Aquino has violated the law and his own oath of office. Aquino has used his position to cover up the truth. He has asked his allies in Congress to do the same. Aquino has repeatedly been exposed as a liar by his own statements and by the findings of the BOI.

 

Mar Roxas’ claims that Purisima not Aquino should be blamed does not tally with the facts, is inconsistent with the BOI report and is a pathetic attempt to defend the President.

 

The BOI report confirms what we have known all along. The time for lies and excuses is over. Aquino must be held accountable now. Aquino, the lying and incompetent president, must go now. ###

 

     
     
           
     
     
     

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Aquino, Purisima, US all lied about Mamasapano — Bayan

Posted date: March 13, 2015In: News Releases

Press Statement

March 13, 2015

 

The excerpts being released from the Board of Inquiry report confirm what we have known all along. President Benigno Aquino III and his suspended buddy Gen. Alan Purisima broke the chain of command thus endangering the lives of their own men; and that the United States was deeply involved from the start up to the end of the Mamasapano operation.

 

These two issues stand out today as among the most serious offenses that President Aquino should be held accountable for. Aquino’s puppetry to US dictates and his favoritism of Purisima are two crucial factors that led to the Mamasapano incident that claimed as many as 67 lives.

 

It is now being revealed that six US personnel were present at the PNP SAF Tactical Command Post on the eve of January 25 operation and that they provided real-time information on the locations of Marwan and Usman. It is also being revealed by the BOI report that the same US personnel were involved in the evacuation of troops during the operation. Finally, the BOI report points out the involvement of the US post-operation as the supposed evidence of Marwan’s death, his finger, was brought to two US FBI agents waiting in General Santos City on January 28.

 

The Mamasapano operation was done upon the instigation of the US government. Filipino troops were sacrificed, and the ongoing ceasefire and process with the MILF was set aside, because of the US obsession to get Marwan. The involvement of the US is a most serious violation of our national sovereignty. For how can a foreign entity dictate on the terms of the operation of our domestic forces? Why was the SAF directly reporting and submitting evidence to the FBI?

 

The revelations in the BOI report contradict the statements of the US embassy in Manila that there was no US participation in the operation to get Marwan.

Aquino is also clearly liable for breaking the chain of command, by allowing a suspended general to run and coordinate an operation. Aquino in fact allowed Purisima to usurp the authority of the OIC PNP.

 

Purisima had absolutely no authority insofar as coordinating activities and meetings for the operation. He had no authority issuing orders to Napenas and had not authority reporting to the President. He also had no authority coordinating with the AFP. The President meanwhile had no legal basis to be issuing instructions to Purisima via text messages. Instead of talking to Purisima, the President should have involved the PNP OIC from the very beginning.

 

From what is being revealed now, we can conclude that Aquino, Purisima and the US government all LIED about their true involvement in Mamasapano. Towards accountability, we are pushing for the following:

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       *  That Aquino be removed from the presidency for his violation of the Ombudsman suspension order, abetting the usurpation of power, allowing a foreign government to run a domestic operation, violation of his oath of office and engaging in an elaborate cover-up to shield himself and his buddy Purisima from any accountability.

2.     * That appropriate charges be filed against Aquino and Purisima for their role in Mamasapano.

3.     *That the US government withdraw all its troops for Mindanao and elsewhere in the Philippines and for the VFA and EDCA to be scrapped to prevent future US military intervention.

4.     * That the BOI report be immediately released to the public in the interest of transparency

 

     
     
           
     
     
     

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With new lies, Aquino courts more protests

Posted date: March 10, 2015In: News Releases

Press Statement

March 10, 2015

 

Sounding like a broken record, President Benigno Aquino again blamed former PNP SAF director Getulio Napenas for the the Mamasapano debacle, during a speech before religious leaders yesterday.

 

The speech appeared timed to preempt whatever results that would be borne out of the Board of Inquiry investigation. The gist of the President’s speech was that it was all Napenas’ fault. It was Napenas who misled the President. It was Napenas who failed to coordinate. It is very likely that the BOI report will not veer away from the pronouncements of the President.

 

Aquino conveniently failed to explain why Purisima was at all involved in running the Mamasapano operation despite his suspension. The President hardly even mentioned Purisima during his speech. He did not bother to explain why in his first televised speech, he claimed that Purisima was only being consulted for operational jargon, but that in the succeeding Senate hearings, it was revealed that Purisima was directly reporting to the President on the status of the Mamasapano operation. Purisima also admitted that he would be the one in charge of coordinating with AFP Chief of Staff Catapang.

 

Strangely enough, Aquino yesterday admitted that his communications regularly passed through the suspended Purisima because he claimed that he did not speak directly with Napenas. It was a strange admission that points out how Aquino himself violated the chain of command. 

 

It is disingenuous for Aquino to lay the blame solely on Napenas for the lack coordination with other government forces. Napenas himself claims to have informed the President that the coordination with other government forces would be done “time on target”. It is misleading for Aquino to lay the blame solely on Napenas when it was the suspended Purisima who, after talking to Aquino on January 9, ordered Napenas not to inform DILG secretary Mar Roxas and PNP OIC Leonardo Espina. Purisima would later claim this to be a mere advice, but no one believed him.

 

The fact is, Aquino failed to explain why he himself did not inform his other officials of the sensitive operation. The President, as commander-in-chief, was in a position to inform the AFP and the PNP leadership as well as the government peace panel, of the sensitive operation.

 

Aquino does not take any responsibility for Mamasapao. Instead, he blames the people who gave him wrong information. He repeatedly blames Napenas for not coordinating when it was Purisima who ordered Napenas not to coordinate.

Mr.President, the people are not satisfied with your latest, self-serving statements. The problem with starting out with a lie is that you end up spinning more lies. The lies have become never-ending.   We call on the people to protest the continuing deception and cover-up in Mamasapano. Aquino to this day remains the biggest stumbling block to truth and accountability. The lying President has to go. ### 

 

 

     
     
           
     
 
     
     
           
           
           

 

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