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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Santiago: Mamasapano Clash, Not Encounter, but Massacre

by Gil Camporazo

Maguindanao Map
Maguindanao Map
1. "... we call this a massacre, not an encounter," described Senator Miriam Santiago of the killing of 44 Police Commandos who were ordered to make an arrest of two internationally known terrorists like Zulkifli Abdhir a.k.a. Marwan and Abdul Basit Usman who were hiding at Mamasapano, Maguindanao sometime in January 25.

2. With this gruesome killing incident of 44 Special Action Force of Philippine National Police (PNP), the country PH grieved so much and the people wanted justice. To this effect, the Senate conducted an inquiry as to who's responsible and accountable for all of this deadly cop operation.

3. Recently the PNP, Board of Inquiry shed light to doubts on this issue of SAFs killing and has come up of the painful truth of the said mass killing of those PNP troopers done by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

4. "In accurate information" was sent to President Aquino by the suspended PNP Chief Director Alan Purisima that the Police Troopers were already pulling out and were backked up by AFP artillery.

5. Director of Special Action Force (SAF) Police Director Getulio Napeñas failed to observe the PNP chain of command. Instead he obeyed the instructions of suspended CPNP Purisima not to inform OIC-PNP, Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina and the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government (SILG) Mar Roxas about Oplan Exodus.

6. President Aquino was informed by SAF Police Director Napeñas about the concept of operations (CONOPS) and allowed Napeñas to proceed and carry on the plan.

7. The suspended Chief Philippine National Police (CPNP) Police Director General Alan Purisima took the lead role in the planning and execution of the Oplan Exodus although he was suspended by the Ombudsman.

8. Officer-in-Charge of the PNP, Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina was a bit isolated. He wasn't involved in the execution of Oplan Exodus. Instead it was Napeñas who directly keeping in contact with the President.

9. Napeñas was unable to effectively supervise, control and direct the troopers on the field, which caused the brutal killing of the 44 SAF Commandos.

10. President Aquino directed Napeñas to coordinate with the AFP prior to the operation. Instead Napeñas insisted on his Time-on-Target (TOT) coordination concept which is different from PNP operational concepts and protocols.

11. Due to the on-going peace process between the government and the MILF in Mindanao, Major General Edmundo Pangilinan, Division Commander of 6ID was compelled not to give artillery support to the PNP troopers.

12. What a grievous incident of those 44 SAFs! Autopsy report said 4 of them who were wounded and still alive were stripped off of their protective vest and were shot at close-range.

13. Radios used by the SAF Commandos were unfit for military-type tactical operations and were not compatible with AFP radios for interoperability.

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