Concelebrated Mass and Candle-Lighting
for Truth and Accountability

 

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Press Release

 

20 March 2015

 

Public Trust Gone, Aquino Should Resign
 

Nearly two months have passed since the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano fiasco.  Looking at the process of unearthing the facts of what had happened only leads Church people to join the throngs calling for Aquino to resign.

 

“President Aquino has been like a cow on the dance floor tromping his way through political double-speak and lying from both sides of his mouth to avoid responsibility.  The people see clearly that he made very bad decisions that cost the lives of many Filipinos.  Our hearts are still heavy, especially for the blocking force from the 55th Special Action Company PNP-SAF.  These brave, young men followed orders ‘from above’ and found themselves abandoned in a cornfield; yet, their highest official has acted like a coward, hiding and denying the truth of what happened,” said Rev. Marie Sol Villalon, PCPR Chairperson.

 

“Only the people’s clamor, which has kept the spotlight on this tragedy, has forced some transparency on what really happened.  Aquino has been exposed as more concerned with the US Agenda, than upholding the rule of law and the codes of honor in our land,” added Rev. Villalon.

 

“We are offended by the president’s lack of empathy, cold arrogance, and cronyism.  His unwillingness to accept responsibility for retaining his close ally, suspended PNP-Chief Purisima, as his active right-hand for this mission has fermented discontent and eroded public trust.  He does not seem to be able to listen and blindly defends broken methods of governance.  The people’s discontent goes beyond his leadership in Oplan Exodus.   President Aquino insisted on his unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program, which fueled his own patronage politics.  And while the people clamor for meaningful change, Aquino protects his erring friends and fully expects their protection in return.  The opposition is prosecuted, while impunity proliferates amidst his network of allies.  A lot more damage can be done, if the people don’t insist that Aquino be made accountable,” said Rev. Jerome Baris, Promotion of Church People’s Response.

 

“The public can no longer trust President Aquino.  Beyond his obvious personal shortcomings, we are tired of the status quo, where basic and social services are denied to the poor and majority and the rich run the country without conscience.  This is why we are amplifying the call for a People’s Council as a legitimate and promising alternative for the business-as-usual arrogance of the morally bankrupt Aquino administration,” said Bishop Art Asi, Noynoy Out Now.

 

“What comes after Aquino is for us all to actively participate in creating; however, to let Aquino stand uncorrected is a disservice to our people, a dishonor to the memory of those who sacrificed for our nation, and an affront to the welfare of our children and our responsibility to future generations,” concluded Bishop Asi. ##  

      

Reference:

Mr. Marie Sol Villalon

Chairperson, PCPR

pcprnatl@gmail.com, 09292269708 

 

Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Manila led the concelebrated mass at the Christ the King Church on the second month anniversary of the Mamasapano Incident

     
           
     
     
     

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Bayan slams new Palace script on Mamasapano


News Release


March 23, 2015


Nearly two months into the Mamasapano debacle and still President Benigno Aquino is finding people to blame for the deadly police operation that took as many as 67 lives.


The latest Palace script says that suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima let the President down by not informing PNP OIC Leonardo Espina of Oplan Exodus. The President said he gave specific instructions to Purisima and that this was not carried out, hence the absence of coordination with the PNP leadership.


“In another display of infantile behavior, Aquino looks to blame someone else for what should be his primary responsibility. For heaven’s sake, Purisima was already suspended. Aquino should have informed Espina himself. Aquino should have made sure that other officials were duly informed of the operation. He should not have issued any orders to Purisima to do anything because the latter was already suspended,” said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr.


“Oplan Exodus was a mission that had serious implications on national security and the peace process. Aquino, as commander and chief and chief executive, should at the onset made sure that his top security officials were all on board. Yet in typical Aquino fashion, he entrusts the task of coordinating with the police leadership to his suspended buddy. It appears that either Aquino does not understand the implications of the operations or he simply does not care,” Reyes said.


For Bayan, the latest statements of the President would not amount to much in light of the reports of the Board of Inquiry and the Senate Committee on Public Order and Safety.


“A clear proof of how the President is lying again: at the height of the Mamasapano operation, he was still coordinating with Purisima not Espina for updates. For the President, Purisima not Espina, was still on top of the situation,” Reyes said.


The group said that Aquino’s latest statement does very little to change the findings of the BOI and Senate reports. The BOI report pointed out that Aquino approved Oplan Exodus and allowed the participation of suspended PNP Chief Purisima. It also said that Aquino’s actions bypassed the established PNP chain of command.


“Aquino is desperate to deflect the blame coming from the BOI and Senate reports. He is fast sinking in his own quagmire of lies and half-truths. Each week gives us a new storyline. Each story does not bring us closer to the truth as these only seek to protect the President from any accountability,” Reyes said.


The nation is set to mark the second month since the Mamasapano incident on Wednesday, March 25. In the period since, Aquino has spoken to the public at least three times, with differing versions on his role and that of Purisima in the botched police operation. ###

 

     
           
     
     
     

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INTERNAL US POLICY DISAGREEMENTS MAY BE BEHIND MAMASAPANO TRAGEDY
By Inday Espina-Varona 

Posted at 03/21/2015 12:58 PM | Updated as of 03/21/2015 1:01 PM

Jose Maria Sison, acknowledged chief ideologue of the National Democratic Front (NDF), was first approached on a separate issue – travel arrangements of guerrillas engaged in peace talks with the Philippine state.

The conversation turned to the January 25 Mamasapano clash that saw the government losing 44 elite cops and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at least 18 fighters. Six civilians were also casualties of the clash that lasted for the most part of the day.

Abs-cbnnews.com asked Sison about the possible fallout on the MILF and its relations with the United States. Various probe bodies have exposed the substantial role of US operatives in the Mamasapano operation, including the possibility that they were directing moves on the ground.

The aftermath of that operation has left the peace process between the government of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and the MILF in tatters.

Rebel leaders, faced with the possibility of a watered down draft Bangsamoro Basic Law have warned they will not accept anything less than what was agreed with the Philippine State.

While Mr. Aquino continues to push for the passage of the BBL, all signs show that his weakened leadership could force him to compromise with irate legislative allies.

In these excerpts from the interview, conducted via email and social media, Sison answers questions on the developments that led to the current dilemma and what’s in store for the MILF, which has an alliance with the NDF.

How do you gauge the relationship between the MILF and the US, which backed GMA's scuttled Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) and dangles the promise of development funds for completion of peace process and passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law?

Sison: Indeed, the US wants to put the MILF in its pocket and calculates that it can plunder the resources in the areas of Bangsamoro more easily if the Bangsamoro authority would become practically independent of the central government in Manila. But I presume that the MILF is vigilant and will know how to deal with the US properly after using it to obtain power.

On the other hand, how would you analyze the US push for the Marwan hunt, considering potential serious repercussions on the peace process?

Sison: Sometimes, the initiatives of the US military in the so-called war on terror can run counter to the economic designs of the US over an area. I do not think that the US is backing down from its previous calculations to use a Bangsamoro authority to plunder the land of Bangsamoro.

How would you imagine US strategists weighing the complex factors needed in decision-making?

Sison: In the absence of US war of aggression, as in the Philippines now, the US State Department is the one in charge of sorting out complexities, as a result of competing or conflicting interests and initiatives of various US agencies.

I think that the Mamasapano fiasco occurred because the puppet president and his sidekick Purisima were overeager to carry out the order to kill Marwan and Usman and reap the kudos of the imperialist boss and did not respect the PNP and AFP chain of command, and distrusted the MILF so much so that they did not coordinate with it.

What global events and conditions could have prodded US officials to risk harm to something they eagerly await?

Sison: The so-called war on terror is a big imperialist pretext and a powerful motive, especially for the US special forces. Because of their mindset, training and skills, these were confident in going after Marwan and Usman and they did not know that Aquino and Purisima had not considered all factors in a situation that appeared simple but could easily become complex and extremely bloody at the expense of the SAF 44.

Mr. Aquino has been quoted recently as saying he will accept any BBL.

Sison: He knows that he is facing bigger odds in the rewrite of BBL in Congress, especially in the Senate. But he is not thinking of what would be the reaction of MILF if the BBL is no longer what MILF has expected.

What's your take on the original BBL?

Sison: In a previous interview, I pointed to the constitutional objections made by Sen.Miriam Defensor in her examination of the BBL as presented to the Office of the President. I also pointed to the MILF admitting the assymetries that would need constitutional amendments. But Aquino and his negotiators insisted that the BBL could be rewritten to make constitutional amendments unnecessary.

Did the MILF, as a revolutionary force, err by agreeing to a process that has to necessarily pass through a complex path through legal democratic institutions like Congress?

Sison: The MILF itself has several times publicly worried about the rewrites that the Office of the President and then Congress would make. The MILF has been worried that the BBL would be rewritten to such an extent that it would become unacceptable.

What, if any, compromise can the MILF afford now? And what do you think are the things they won’t give up in the BBL?

Sison: I do not know what kind of compromise can be made to the mutual satisfaction of both parties. To be able to make an opinion, one has to analyze what is text of the BBL just before it is voted upon by Congress. The BBL is still subject to drastic rewrites in Congress, especially now after the Mamasapano fiasco.

What's your fearless forecast for the BBL?

Sison: If the BBL will be enacted at all in the time of Aquino or even thereafter, it will be shorn of the provisions deemed unconstitutional by Congress and will come very close to the law governing ARMM.

And what could the fallout be for the MILF leadership already struggling to rein in more militant sectors among their ranks?

Sison: If BBL will become too far from its expectations, the MILF will have to choose between accepting it and deciding to pursue the armed revolutionary movement.

What could allow the MILF to regain the strategic high ground here? What opportunities are available for them to emerge stronger? Can they still do that?

Sison: If the BBL is unacceptable to the Bangsamoro or MILF itself, the MILF has to pursue the armed revolutionary movement to regain the strategic high ground. The crisis of the ruling system can become worse to allow the MILF become stronger.

How would the MILF's allies outside of the country (not just Malaysia) be viewing the current situation here?

Sison: The current situation is volatile enough to dampen or disturb previous expectations of Malaysia and other allies of MILF abroad.

Does the NDF see any cautionary lessons in the state of affairs within the MILF?

Sison: The MILF will simply have to resume its armed revolutionary movement if it does not get the BBL it has expected. Otherwise the MILF leadership would lose the respect of its own followers.

The alliance of the NDF with the MILF still stands. The NDF will certainly support the MILF if it will intensify the armed revolutionary movement in case the GPH-MILF peace negotiations collapse. #30
 

     
     
     
     
     
           
     
     
     

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BOI-SENATE REPORT ON MAMASAPANO DOWNPLAYED CIVILIAN CASUALTIES - KARAPATAN

The reports of both the PNP Board of Inquiry and the Senate on the Mamasapano carnage sidetracked the seven civilian casualties during the Mamasapano carnage and the hundreds of residents who were displaced during the operation. They, too, were victims of the US-Aquino’s botched Oplan Wolverine/Exodus. They, too, should figure in in BS Aquino’s accountability.

From the initial 1,500 residents who fled their homes in the aftermath of the Mamasapano botched operation, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (ARMM-HEART) now counts at least 72,585 persons displaced from the 11 municipalities where Aquino’s follow-up operations, tagged as all-out war, is going on since February 25. Most of them left their homes and are now cramped in evacuation centers —sick, hungry, and traumatized. 

The findings of the peace mission conducted by the People's Council for National Unity, Reforms and Peace (PCNURP) on March 10-13 said a 42 year old, 3-month pregnant mother with 10 children expressed uncertainty of life if the war continues. The woman said one of her children collapsed in the middle of the volley of fires because of fear and could not talk anymore. Boyong Unggala, a 36-year-old farmer from Brgy. Madia, was hit by a stray bullet on his forehead while sitting in the balcony. The military strafed the house where he was temporarily staying. Farhannah Abdulkahar, 25, and a resident of Brgy. Dapiawan, Datu Saudi, also evacuated when their houses was indiscriminately fired. Her left leg was hit by stray bullet.

For almost two months now, the residents in Mamasapano and the neighboring communities are on the run to save their lives as the military bombarded their communities. Among those documented cases or rights violations include forced evacuation and divestment of properties due to indiscriminate firing, shelling of mortar (81mm & 105mm howitzer) and aerial bombing by OV10 Bronco planes; destruction of properties; frustrated extra judicial killings; harassment and intimidation of civilians; military encampment in public and religious structures. The military operation has also disrupted the classes of pupils and students in the communities.

Even those who participated in the peace mission experienced the gun fires and loud explosions from mortar shelling on March 11. Another team assigned in Brgy. Madia was alarmed when during the psychosocial activity for children and adults and documentation, three 6x6 trucks loaded with elements of the 8th Mechanized Battalion and two military tanks arrived in an open space beside the barangay hall near the evacuation center and without any notice to the civilians and barangay officials present in the area, immediately mounted two 81mm mortars.

Aquino’s all-out war should be immediately stopped. It is nothing but a diversionary and face-saving tactic and does not help in ferreting out the truth on the Mamasapano fiasco. It has only added up to Aquino’s dismal human rights record as the number of human rights violations continue to rise.

Cristina Palabay
Secretary General, Karapatan
2F Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin corner Matatag Streets, Central District, Quezon City
Contact numbers: +63917-3162831, 02-4354146
E-mail: karapatan@karapatan.org

Reference:Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Secretary General, 0917-3162831
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Email: karapatan@karapatan.org
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Press Statement

18 March 2015

 

No Amount of Hairsplitting Will Cover Up the Exposed Truth

 

The combined factual findings and evaluation of the Board of Inquiry and the Senate thus far have as a whole validated where the buck really stops in the Mamasapano incident. 

 

The incumbent President is legally vulnerable for violating the anti-graft and corrupt practices law for causing undue injury to anybody, including the government, and in giving somebody, worse a suspended public official, unwarranted preference through manifest partiality.

 

He is also liable for inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations duly promulgated by competent authority or an offense in connection with the official duties of the latter, or allowing himself to be persuaded, induced, or influenced to commit such violation or offense.

 

The incumbent President has also openly breached the code of ethical standards for public officials for his acts and omissions. He is also liable for obstruction of justice by misleading, confusing & unleashing a contrived wild goose chase and spinning a web of contradictory and inconsistent statements on his role, privity and participation in Oplan Exodus. 

 

Additionally, the incumbent President has induced and even sanctioned usurpation of authority by a suspended official and committed contemptuous acts in disrespect even defiance of a lawful order of the courts. 

 

He cannot hide under the hairsplitting spin of the academic nuance between a commander-in-chief and a chief executive. The Constitution, law & relevant domestic and international jurisprudence declare unequivocally that as both head of state and head of government, he is ultimately accountable. He is the Commander-in-Chief of "ALL the armed forces" of the State. 

 

The strawman's argument about the seemingly debatable application of command responsibility leading up to the desk of the incumbent President begs the question of universal accountability of public officers who have been bestowed the public trust.

 

At the end of the day, it is now indubitable that the incumbent President will be hard put to overcome the by and large clear, candid and credible findings  of fact that constitute open violations of laws, the Constitution and unrepentant betrayal of public trust. 

 

Reference:

 

Edre U. Olalia

NUPL Secretary General

0917-5113373

 

           
 
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Media Release
19 March 2015

US envoy a liar, should be kicked out of PH – KMU 

National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno demanded today that US Ambassador Philip Goldberg be kicked out from the Philippines for continuing to lie regarding the US government’s role in the Mamasapano bloodbath in which more than 70 Filipinos were killed.

“Goldberg should be kicked out of our country! He is a war criminal and a liar. Instead of owning up to his government’s crime of causing many Filipinos’ deaths, he continues to deny the US’s unmistakable role in the Mamasapano bloodbath,” Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, said.

KMU said that Goldberg should be declared a “persona non-grata” and be expelled from the country just like what the government of Bolivia under Evo Morales did to the US ambasssador in 2008 for meddling with the country’s internal affairs.

“Bolivia kicked him out for meddling with its internal affairs. That is exactly what we should do to him. It would not be far-fetched if this CIA operative had a direct hand in the Mamasapano operation which killed many Filipinos, violated Philippine sovereignty and endangered peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front,” Labog said.

Citing reports of the Philippine National Police-Board of Inquiry and independent fact-finding missions, KMU claims that the US government was directly involved in the planning and execution of Oplans Wolverine and Exodus.

“The Mamasapano operation was planned and executed by the US government. It was a black operation mission dictated by the US to its puppet Aquino regime aimed at assassinating a suspected terrorist in a hostile territory using our local police units,” Labog said.

The labor group also demanded that Goldberg’s expulsion from the country should go hand-in-hand with the expulsion of US troops in the Philippines and the abrogation of all lopsided agreements and treaties between the US and the Philippines that violate our national sovereignty and patrimony.

“Filipino workers want Goldberg out of our country and he should bring home with him US troops and the unequal treaties and agreements between the Philippines and the US. It would also give the entire Filipino people great pleasure if Goldberg takes away with him the US puppet Aquino,” Labog said.

KMU meanwhile announced that the May 1 Labor Day protest this year would also highlight workers’ indignation against the US’ role in the Mamasapano bloodbath.

Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-1636597
 

     
           
     
     
     

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PRESS STATEMENT
March 19, 2015
 

For Reference: Mr. Benjie Valbuena, National Chair, +63 916 -229 4515

 

Palace cooks another dish to deflect Aquino’s role on Mamasapano but teachers’ say he must pay for his continuing crimes against the people and for his continued puppetry to US government

 

“BS Aquino, a staunch US supporter and ally was responsible for Oplan Wolverine and therefore must pay for his crimes against the Filipino people”, Mr. Benjie Valbuena, President of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers and one of the conveners of SONAR said.

 

While both reports of the BOI and Senate probe body has named Aquino to be responsible for the death of SAF 44 and more who died and suffered during the Jan.25 incident, we still cry for justice and denounces the “yellow-wash” orchestrated from all from fronts.

 

Aquino’s cohorts are preparing another dish to salvage Aquino from the fiasco. But then, they cannot fool the people and we cannot but be in awe of their blatant display of arrogance and underestimation of our capacity to analyze facts from fiction.

 

“We, teachers’ under the Save Our Nation, Aquino Resign (SONAR) directly indict the US-Aquino clique for the botched Mamasapano incident and the on-going all-out war against the Moro people in particular. Aquino’s betrayal also magnifies where his true loyalty lies.

 

Like his proverbial “Tuwid na Daan” his loyalty took a curve in favor of his own interest over the Filipino people and more importantly to serve the interest of US. If genuine justice will be served, then US government’s direct role must not be missed and should be highlighted. The government’s own account that the US government provided intelligence on the location of the terror suspects, the role of FBI, the drones used for spying, to the continuing all-out war in Mindanao highlights US military intervention.

 

“We believe that with a rabid puppet in tow like BS Aquino, the US government is principally liable and therefore both must pay for their crimes against the Filipino people. Teachers should march in-rank with other sectors by dissecting the issue. To begin with, we have children and young adults in our classrooms that have the right to know the truth and the parliament of the street also beckon” Mr. Benjie Valbuena ended.

 

ALLIANCE OF CONCERNED TEACHERS - PHILIPPINES
 

2/F Teachers' Center Building, Mines st. corner Dipolog st., Brgy. VASRA, Quezon

City
Tel.Fax: (+63 2) 453 9116, (+63 2) 426 2238
E-mail: act_philippines@yahoo.com, actphilippines@gmail.com

 

           
     
     
     

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US SHOULD STOP LYING ABOUT MAMASAPANO


We condemn the United States for its repeated lies and insults as it attempts to cover its tracks after directing the bloody Mamasapano offensive.

The Board of Inquiry and Senate reports confirm the presence of at least 6 American soldiers in the operation. It has been established that the Americans funded and trained the Special Action Forces involved, that they provided intel and directives, and that they were the first to get the finger of Marwan after the offensive for confirmation. The US used the Filipinos as cannon-fodder for their anti-terror project.

 

Despite this, US ambassador Philip Goldberg has the gall to lie to the country and deny the involvement of the US in the operation. We should kick out this ingrate immediately.

 

The official reports have already revealed that the US directed the operations and that they used Filipinos as pawns in their terror war. The repeated lies and denials made by Ambassador Goldberg and the US officials are clear insults to our sovereignty and our people. The US should be held accountable for their meddling which resulted to this bloodbath.

 

No less than US President Barack Obama and his state security officials should be asked to address the issue and tell the truth about the Mamasapano offensive which killed at least 67 Filipinos. The cover-up and the insults should stop.

 

US imperialism has brought deaths and suffering to our country and our people. Their latest crimes are the bloodbath in Mamasapano and the all-out war they are conducting in Mindanao. The US must not be allowed to wash its hands clean and escape accountability.

 

We demand that the US pull-out all its troops in the country and stop all its operations immediately.

 

The Senate and Congress should conduct a special investigation into the role the US has played in the Mamasapano operation as well as an investigation into other US-directed operations it has conducted and is conducting in the country.

 

The deep involvement of the US in the Mamasapano incident further shows that the US has been using the Visiting Forces Agreement, the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement and other lopsided treaties to conduct illegal ‘black operations’ in the country.

 

The US role in Mamasapano further exposes President Aquino as a “puppet” of the US. Aquino betrayed the nation by sacrificing the lives of our people in the altar of the US terror war. He should be made to resign for treason against the nation.

 

Reference: Vencer Crisostomo, 09399207114, @venzie

Press Statement
March 20, 2015

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News Release

March 23, 2015

Reference: Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, 09178350459

 

On Congress Mamasapano probe

BAYAN MUNA: SEC. OCHOA CANNOT ANSWER QUESTIONS,  ONLY PRES. AQUINO KNOWS THE ANSWER

Says it is for the Filipino people’s interest that he should attend the probe

 

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares today called on Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III to attend the resumption of the House investigation on the Mamasapano incident on April 7-8 saying that if the president truly wants the whole truth to come out then he should definitely attend and tell all he knows about the Mamasapano incident.

 

“We do not think that Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa can attend on the president’s stead considering that it is Pres. Aquino's involvement, knowledge and actions before, during and after the operation that will be asked and these cannot simply be briefed to Sec. Ochoa. Furthermore, Pres. Aquino owes it to the Filipino people, his bosses no less, 80% of whom are not satisfied with his explanations on the incident. A House Mamasapano probe without Pres. Aquino’s attendance would be incomplete similar to the Board of Inquiry (BOI) and the Senate investigations and may further anger the Filipino people. Who knows the 80% may climb to 100% if he does not attend,” said Senior Deputy Minority Leader Colmenares.

 

 “Pres. Aquino himself complained that the Board of Inquiry (BOI) and the Senate investigations did not get his side on the Mamasapano fiasco and they did not even formally invite him. Now is the time for him to attend the House hearing and finally surface the whole truth.  The president owes it to the nation to answer the lingering questions on the incident,” said the progressive solon.

 

         “There are many inconsistencies on the Mamasapano incident that only Pres. Aquino can answer.Among them are 1) Pres. Aquino’s approval of Oplan Exodus, 2) the problem of coordination between the SAF-PNP, AFP and between the departments, 3) the involvement of suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima, 4) the issue of Pres. Aquino’s command responsibility, 5) the involvement of the US, and 6) the issue of AFP assistance to the SAF commandos. For example,  what law or treaty did Pres. Aquino invoked to allow the participation and involvement of US? Does Pres. Aquino know the extent of US involvement in the Mamasapano operation from the start,  basing from the history and practice where a US-friendly president knows the activities of US forces, or contractors to facilitate their movement? Also why did he lie regarding Gen. Alan Purisima's role during his first public address? And why did he not disclose to the public in his 3 speeches his communications and instructions with Purisima, PNP OIC Espina, Napenas and AFP Chief Catapang?” asked Rep. Colmenares.

 

“We will now ask the chairmen of the Committee on Public Order and Safety and the Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity to issue the invitation to Pres. Aquino today so that Malacanang can already put it in their schedule,” he added.

 

“It would be for the president’s interest if he attends the House hearing so that he can explain his side and tell the whole truth. The majority of the Filipino people are not satisfied with his answers and handling of the Mamasapano incident and the House probe would be the best venue to answer the people. If he does not attend then it would be another blow to his already collapsing credibility,” ended Rep. Colmenares. ###

 

     
           
     
     
     

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NEWS RELEASE
17 March 2015
 

LAWYER SAYS AQUINO LIABLE FOR GRAFT, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE  AND OTHER VIOLATIONS OF LAW OVER MAMASAPANO INCIDENT


The combined factual findings and evaluation of the Board of Inquiry and the Senate thus far have as a whole validated Pres. Benigno Aquino III accountability in the Mamasapano incident and has made him "legally vulnerable" for various criminal, civil and administrative charges.

 

Thus said National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) Secretary General Atty. Edre U. Olalia in reaction to the Senate inquiry's conclusion that Pres. Aquino was ultimately responsible for what it called the Mamasapano massacre. The NUPL is a national organization of public interest lawyers, many of whom have a long history of handling human rights and corruption cases.


"The incumbent President is legally vulnerable for violating the anti-graft and corrupt practices law for causing undue injury to anybody, including the government, and in giving somebody, worse a suspended public official, unwarranted preference through manifest partiality," said Olalia.

He added that Aquino "has also openly breached the code of ethical standards for public officials for his acts and omissions. He is also liable for obstruction of justice by misleading, confusing & unleashing a contrived wild goose chase and spinning a web of contradictory and inconsistent statements on his role, privity and  participation in Oplan Exodus." 

"Additionally, the incumbent President has induced and even sanctioned usurpation of authority by a suspended official and committed contemptuous acts in disrespect even defiance of a lawful order of the courts," Olalia said.

The lawyer insisted that Aquino "cannot hide under the hairsplitting spin of the academic nuance between a commander-in-chief and a chief executive. The Constitution, law & relevant domestic and international jurisprudence declare unequivocally that as both head of state and head of government, he is ultimately accountable. He is the Commander-in-Chief of 'ALL the armed forces' of the State."

He called the Palace position that Aquino had no liability as commander in chief of the PNP a "strawman's argument about command responsibility that begs the question of universal accountability of public officers who have been bestowed the public trust."


"At the end of the day, it is now indubitable that the incumbent President will be hard put to overcome the by and large clear, candid and credible findings  of fact that constitute open violations of laws, the Constitution and unrepentant betrayal of public trust."


References:

Edre U. Olalia
NUPL Secretary General
0917-5113373

 

Teddy A. Casiño

Noynoy Out Now
0920-9035683

 

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National Secretariat
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Media Release
16 March 2015

Workers seek Aquino’s arrest after BOI report’s release 

A few says after the Philippine National Police-Board of Inquiry released its report on the January 25 Mamasapano operation, workers led by national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno trooped to Mendiola to demand the arrest of Pres. Noynoy Aquino.

The workers carried enlarged handcuffs to symbolize the president’s arrest and signs that read “Huli ka BOI!” which plays on the Board of Inquiry’s initials to mean “You’re caught in the act, boy!” and “You’re arrested, boy!”

“The BOI report is very clear. Aquino is responsible for the bloodbath in Mamasapano. No amount of lies coming from Aquino and his allies can change this fact,” said Lito Ustarez, KMU vice-chairperson.

The labor leader said the contents of the BOI report explain in hindsight Aquino’s March 9 speech before religious leaders in which he alleged that PNP-SAF director Getulio Napeñas, Jr. tried to fool him. 

Kaya pala muling nambola si Aquino noong March 9 (Now it is clear why Aquino tried to fool the public again last March 9). He had to go hard on Napeñas to try to counter the BOI report. It shows that Aquino is not concerned with truth and justice, only with his hold on power,” Ustarez added. 

The labor leader also condemned Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s defense of the president on the grounds that the concept of chain of command does not apply to the relationship between Aquino and the PNP, a defense which was also echoed by presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

“De Lima, Lacierda and Aquino’s defenders are trying to promote an erroneous legal view in order to shield Aquino from any responsibility for the Mamasapano incident. They are trying to cover up Aquino’s interference in and violation of the PNP chain of command,” Ustarez stated. 

Ustarez also said that in defending Aquino, De Lima has been sounding like her predecessor Raul Gonzalez, who was labelled “Injustice Secretary” for defending former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“De Lima is upholding impunity for Aquino, not justice for those who died in Mamasapano. Filipinos cannot rely on this government to attain truth and justice for those who died because of orders from Aquino and the US government,” Ustarez said.

KMU called on workers and all Filipinos to join upcoming protests for truth and justice over the Mamasapano operation, and for Aquino’s immediate resignation and replacement by a People’s Transition Council.


Reference: Lito Ustarez, KMU vice-chairperson, 0908-6491992

 

     
     
           
     
     
     

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Press Statement

18 March 2015

 

No Amount of Hairsplitting Will Cover Up the Exposed Truth

 

The combined factual findings and evaluation of the Board of Inquiry and the Senate thus far have as a whole validated where the buck really stops in the Mamasapano incident. 

 

The incumbent President is legally vulnerable for violating the anti-graft and corrupt practices law for causing undue injury to anybody, including the government, and in giving somebody, worse a suspended public official, unwarranted preference through manifest partiality.

 

He is also liable for inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations duly promulgated by competent authority or an offense in connection with the official duties of the latter, or allowing himself to be persuaded, induced, or influenced to commit such violation or offense.

 

The incumbent President has also openly breached the code of ethical standards for public officials for his acts and omissions. He is also liable for obstruction of justice by misleading, confusing & unleashing a contrived wild goose chase and spinning a web of contradictory and inconsistent statements on his role, privity and participation in Oplan Exodus. 

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Additionally, the incumbent President has induced and even sanctioned usurpation of authority by a suspended official and committed contemptuous acts in disrespect even defiance of a lawful order of the courts. 

 

He cannot hide under the hairsplitting spin of the academic nuance between a commander-in-chief and a chief executive. The Constitution, law & relevant domestic and international jurisprudence declare unequivocally that as both head of state and head of government, he is ultimately accountable. He is the Commander-in-Chief of "ALL the armed forces" of the State. 

 

The strawman's argument about the seemingly debatable application of command responsibility leading up to the desk of the incumbent President begs the question of universal accountability of public officers who have been bestowed the public trust.

 

At the end of the day, it is now indubitable that the incumbent President will be hard put to overcome the by and large clear, candid and credible findings  of fact that constitute open violations of laws, the Constitution and unrepentant betrayal of public trust. 

 

Reference:

 

Edre U. Olalia

NUPL Secretary General

0917-5113373

 

           


 
       

 

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