We were taught by Pope Francis not to speak ill of our national leaders, but when something like this happens, we can't help but complain and question everything. Can someone, anyone, explain to us what the f*ck really happened in Maguindanao? Anyare!?
On Sunday, January 25, some 392 Special Action Forces (SAF) commandos entered the town of Mamansapano in Maguindanao in an attempt to arrest two "high value targets," one of whom is Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir, better known as "Marwan."
But because of a "misencounter" with the members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a simple search operation turned into a bloody gunfight, which led to the death of at least 44 members of the elite police force.
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Video via GMA News and Public Affairs
Obviously, the government has a lot of explaining to do. Who gave them orders? Were they able to find and apprehend the target? Why wasn't the peace pact between the government and the MILF honored? And what the hell does "misencounter" mean?
IS MARWAN DEAD OR ALIVE?
Former SAF director Getulio Pascua, who was relieved of his duties after the incident, confirmed on Wednesday that Marwan was killed during the operation. So how come the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is claiming that he's still alive? "Ang pagkakaalam namin yung kanilang subject ay wala po 'dun," an MNLF spokesman pointed out earlier today. "Nasa Lanao po. Mali yung intelligence nila."
Does Pascua have proof that Marwan is really dead? A photo? A DNA sample? A piece of clothing? Anything!
The latest reports indicate that some 30 men from the SAF engaged in a brief gun battle and were able to eliminate Marwan. A picture of his corpse has even surfaced online. For evidence, they allegedly cut off a finger (other reports say the entire right hand) from the international terrorist for DNA testing. The question now is: Where are the results of the DNA test?
WHO SPEARHEADED THIS OPERATION?
Both DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and acting PNP Chief Deputy Director Leonardo Espina admitted during a press conference that they were not aware of the operation the SAF carried out. According to newsinfo.inquirer.net, a reliable source is claiming that both President Noynoy Aquino and suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima were informed about it and that the latter directed the operation "by remote control."
Did a suspended general actually called the shots in this one? And why did Purisima keep this intelligence from Roxas, who happens to be his immediate superior? Is politics involved?
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WTF IS A "MISENCOUNTER"?
So here's what happened in a nutshell, according to Roxas. The SAF, who were looking for two "high value" militants, ran into a group of rebels, who thought that they were mounting an attack. "What happened was self-defense," says Mohagher Iqbal, head of the rebel peace panel. "They entered our area and attacked us. What are we going to do?" Wait, isn't there an existing peace pact between the government and the MILF?
Is lack of coordination between both parties to blame? President Aquino says he told Pascua to coordinate with the concerned groups, but the sacked SAF director insisted on operational security to ensure that only those who are involved will be informed. Look where it got them!