Moving on after Mamasapano


Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas

I could not agree more with Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas when he says that the nation should move forward after the upsetting and embarrassing Mamasapano massacre.

I am with him, too, when he says that reforms and measures are being instituted now to prevent the same disastrous incident from ever happening again in the future, even as the lower house of Congress is presently conducting its on investigation on the success and failure of Oplan Exodus.

But what gets my goat is when he says that he is one with the legislators and the families of the 44 slain PNP SAF troopers in seeking justice, while at the same time suppressing the truth about the botched operation.

The more Roxas talks about justice for the Fallen 44 and puts the blame solely on the sacked SAF chief Director Getulio Napeñas, the more he finds himself in a dilemma where his judgment, competency and leadership is critically questioned.

I do not know if he is trying to impress President Benigno Aquino (PNoy) that the latter is innocent and therefore inculpable in what happened, but the public, from viewing the Senate hearings and reading both the PNP Board of Inquiry (BOI) and Senate Investigation Reports, know otherwise.

Suffice to say that Roxas is fooling nobody but himself.

Roxas seems to have a different demeanor and singing a different tune at the lower House than when he was invited as a resource person at the Senate hearing.

I wish he would look back and see images of himself looking stunned in the aftermath of the Mamasapano massacre. He appeared confused, shocked and dismayed that he, together with PNP OIC deputy Director Leonardo Espina, was kept in the dark about Oplan Exodus.

I am sure he was puzzled and aghast that he was even bamboozled by no less than PNoy, himself, who agreed with detained former PNP chief Alan Purisima, that Roxas and Espina should not know about Oplan Exodus until the covert mission shall have been at the target area already.

Now, even if Roxas knew that there existed a tacit disregard for and disrespect of his authority as titular head of the PNP by both Purisima and PNoy, still he thinks and wants to influence the congressmen investigating the Mamasapano massacre that PNoy is innocent.

Since Roxas has already identified Napeñas as the main culprit, I wouldn’t be surprised if he will say next that PNoy did right in by-passing him and that it was perfectly alright for Purisima to have part in the disastrous operation.

Yes, it is time to move on, but let’s move on uncovering the truth even if the finger is pointing at PNoy. After all, the buck stops with the president.

For one who can’t defend his honor and dignity after being blatantly trampled upon, this latest Roxas caper only shows his inadequacy and lack of ability in leading this nation.


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