Many would have preferred that the bloody Mamasapano investigation reports submitted by the Senate and the police board of inquiry (BOI) about the encounter, nay, massacre that took the lives of the 44 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) should have remained close if only to have the fallen heroes rest in peace and allow their love ones left behind to move on.
For some reason, however, President Benigno Aquino (PNoy), who has been heavily criticized and blamed for the debacle mainly for allowing his good friend, former PNP chief Alan Purisima, to participate in a covert operation to capture a Malaysian terrorist, Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan and his Filipino cohort, Basit Usman, seems to be harping about an emerging ‘alternative truth’ about the botched operation.
Note that at the time of the operation, Purisima was under suspension for corrupt practices, yet PNoy had the audacity to allow the former to continue using his rank, giving orders and relating the same to the president, while at the same time keeping former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and former Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina unaware of what was going on.
Both reports from the Senate conducted by Sen. Grace Poe and the Board of Inquiry (BOI) headed by former chief of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), director Benjamin Magalong, as everybody know, did not sit well with PNoy.
Being one not to accept blame, especially on this one that has become a shameful part of his presidency, PNoy all these times must have been waiting to exonerate himself, even at the expense of the fallen 44.
Thus, PNoy’s disclosure recently regarding an ‘alternative truth’ to the botched operation only highlights how insensitive he is to the feelings of others, but how selfishly mindful he is of his own.
What is making it even worse is that PNoy is giving utmost credence to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Special Investigation Commission as submitted by Mohagher Iqbal, the MILF chief peace negotiator.
The MILF report indicated that Marwan was already dead when the SAF strike force arrived at his hut in Pembalkan village in Mamasapano early on Jan. 25.
In the same manner that both the Senate and BOI reports did not mention who in particular fired the fatal shot on Marwan, neither has the MILF report also has the information on who killed Marwan.
An ‘alternative truth’ should be one that could stand and disprove the truths reported by the Senate and the BOI. If it could not, then what makes it a reliable ‘alternative truth?’
It is, indeed, very saddening that PNoy is taking the brutal death and the agony suffered by the families of the fallen troopers for granted.
The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is important, but let it not be the reason for saying that the MILF report is more comprehensive and reliable source of having the ‘alternative truth’ for it isn’t and it doesn’t represent the candid truth, much less the ‘alternative truth.’
Surely, this is another misstep of PNoy to add to the many missteps he has committed during his presidency and this does not bode well for him and for the legacy he wants to leave behind.