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BAYAN MUNA CALLS FOR THOROUGH INVESTIGATION OF PURISIMA, AQUINO AND U.S. HANDS ON THE BLOODY MAMASAPANO POLICE FIASCO

As reports linking US operatives to Mamasapano incident surface

Bayan Muna Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate today said that as reports linking US operatives on the botched operation in Mamasapano are surfacing left and right thus it is imperative that a thorough investigation be launched by Congress to get to the truth.

President Aquino’s not admitting until now his responsibility, not telling the whole truth and passing the blame of the most bloody police fiasco to the commander of SAF is unacceptable and reprehensible. It is a vain attempt to hide the whole truth, especially his, Purisima’s and the US’ role in the botched operation to escape accountability.

As it is, newspaper reports say that agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and ranking Filipino police officials planned a secret operation aimed at getting a notorious international terrorist, a source who declined to be identified told the Inquirer.

The source said the target was on Washington’s list of priority terrorists: Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, alias “Marwan,” who had a $5-million price then on his head. The bounty was later raised to $6 million.

Based on the reports, a former ranking police official in Central Mindanao, claimed that during the meeting, which he attended, the FBI agents shared an intelligence report on the exact whereabouts of Marwan and another terrorist, Filipino Abdul Basit Usman.

The source said the Americans were certain about their intelligence data because it was provided by a mole from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
“They were paid cash in exchange for the information,” the source said.

The source said the FBI agents validated the information relayed to them by their mole through the use of “drones and global positioning system.“We can even see the hideout of their target,” he said.

During the meeting, it was decided that those involved in the operation would not share information with any other government agencies “to prevent a leak of the plan. They will only coordinate with other government troops—posted along the highway—on their way to their mission,” he added.

“Ito ang nakakalungkot dito ang US ang nagplano at ipinahamak ang mga SAF. Matapos ibala sa kanyon ang mga SAF pa ang may kasalanan sa pagkasawi nila,” said Rep. Colmenares

“This is one of our fears when the Philippines entered the Visiting Forces Agreements (VFA) and now the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) we are dragged into their fights and battle plans under the heading Target of US enemies. Filipinos are the ones dying for the US to get what they want. Worse because we are now seen as part of US military operations against its enemies, we also become a target of attacks by the enemies of the US. This should really be investigated and adds to the numerous reasons why these treaties should be junked,” added Senior Deputy Minority Leader Colmenares.

“Malala pa ay Si Pres. Aquino ay naghuhugas kamay at hindi ipinaliwanag kung bakit di pinaalam ang operasyon sa DILG Secretary at PNP chief. Ito ay patunay na totoo nga na si Gen.Purisima ang nagcommand ng operations.May pananagutan si Pres. Aquino sa ginawa nyang pag utos sa operasyon at pagdefy sa order ng Ombudsman na suspendido si Purisima at sa talumpati pa niya ngayon ay lalo lang nagalit sa kanya ang mga kamag-anak at kaibigan ng mga nasawi maging ang sambayanang Filipino,” he added.

“As for his part Rep. Zarate said that “even as other government agencies will conduct their own probes of the incident, Congress must also conduct a thorough investigation, since it appears that there was breakdown in the established mechanisms agreed upon by the GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as well as to see the veracity of reports that US agents or troops were also in the area after the incident,”

“There are more questions now than when this was exposed. As for example, if SAF commander keep on insisting that Operation Wolverine is very much alike the US operation to get Osama bin Laden then he has already admitted that this botched operation has US backing, support and participation. Another question is how are we certain that the US agents seen in the evacuation of the dead and wounded SAF did not take the supposed body of Marwan or his cut finger for them to test for his DNA? These are just few of the questions that have to be answered for us to get to the truth,” ended Rep. Zarate. ###

Bayan presses gov’t to come clean on Mamasapano debacle

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan chairperson Dr. Carol P. Araullo presses President Benigno Aquino to come clean on event surrounding the debacle that killed at least 44 police commandos last January 25.

Araullo reacts after Aquino addressed the nation Wednesday night in a speech that Bayan says lacked forthrightness. She said that the peace process between the government and the Bangsamoro people should continue despite this incident.

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on Aquino’s statement on Maguindanao encounter (Part 3-4)

ITANONG MO KAY KAY PROF: Tungkol sa talumpati ni Aquino hinggil sa sagupaan at maraming namatay na SAF sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison, January 28, 2015

3. Binigyan-diin ng pangulo ang mga krimen nina Marwan at Usman sa umpisa ng kanyang talumpati. Ito marahil ay para mabigyan ng hustisya ang operation ng PNP-SAF sa Maguindanao, subalit hindi niya sinabi na siya at ang US ay sangkot sa operasyon na ito. Ano po ang inyong pahayag dito?

JMS: Walang kwestiyon na dapat hulihin sina Marwan at Usman dahil sa warrants of arrest at malulubhang paratang sa kanila. Pero walang karapatan si Aquino na isubo ang maraming sundalo ng SAF sa tiyak na kamatayan dahil sa estupidong plano at kawalan ng koordinasyon sa mga kinauukulan. Bale gumawa sina Aquino, Ochoa at Purisima ng malubhang krimen na isinubo nila ang maraming SAF sa tiyak na kamatayan. Lalong malubha ang krimen nila dahil sa sunud-sunuran sila sa mga utos ng mga bos nilang mga Amerikano at nasilaw rin sila sa malaking dolyar na reward money.

4. Nahahati ngayon ang opinyon ng mga kapulisan hinggil sa naging papel ng gubyerno sa madugong engkwentro, ano po ang inyong maipapayo sa kanila?

JMS: Dapat batikusin at isakdal ng PNP, SAF at sambayanang Pilipino si Aquino dahil sa kanyang kriminal na pagpapahamak sa mga nasawing sundalo ng SAF. Dapat ding tuligsain ang kanyang pagiging utu-uto ng mga bos niyang Amerikano.

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on Aquino’s statement on Maguindanao encounter (Part 2)

ITANONG MO KAY KAY PROF: Tungkol sa talumpati ni Aquino hinggil sa sagupaan at maraming namatay na SAF sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison, January 28, 2015

2. Naglabas po kayo ng mga tanong kaninang umaga para makatulong sa taumbayan sa kanilang pagsusuri sa naganap na engkwentro, marami po dito ay hindi nasagot ni Pnoy sa kanyang pahayag sa telebisyon. Ano po ang inyong masasabi dito?

JMS: Hindi sinagot ni Aquino ang aking mga tanong na inilathala bago siya nagpahayag.
Wala siyang sinabi tungkol sa prinsipal na pananagutan niya, kung bakit sinarili niya at nina Executive Secretary Ochoa at resigned PC chief Purisima ang command responsibility sa proyektong laban kay Marwan at Usman, kung bakit walang alam sa proyekto sina DILG secretary Roxas and PNP central command, kung bakit walang koordinasyon ang SAF sa mga army unit ng AFP at sa MILF alinsunod sa ceasefire agreement, kung bakit malaki ang pakialam ng mga opisyal at militar na Amerikano sa buong proyekto at operasyon at sunud-sunuran si Aquino sa mga bos niyang Kano.

Pahapyaw na sinabi ni Aquino na alam niya ang proyekto at operasyon. Pagkatapos , bumuhos na ang pagsisinungaling niya at pagbibintang niya sa iba. Pero may sapat na pagtanggap siya bagamat unwitting sa pinakamalaking pananagutan sa pagkapatay ng maraming sundalo ng SAF.

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on Aquino’s statement on Maguindanao encounter (Part 1)

ITANONG MO KAY KAY PROF: Tungkol sa talumpati ni Aquino hinggil sa sagupaan at maraming namatay na SAF sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison, January 28, 2015

1. Ano po ang inyong masasabi sa pangkabuuan sa mga ipinahayag ni Pres. Noynoy Aquino hinggil sa naganap na engkwentro sa pagitan ng PNP-SAF at MILF?

JMS: Sa kanyang pahayag sa telebisyon, nagsinungaling si Aquino at umiilag sa katotohanan. Hindi marunong tumanggap ng command responsibility, kahit na may direct responsibility siya. Hindi niya hinarap ang pinakaimportanteng tanong sa kanya: kung bakit isinubo niya sa tiyak na kamatayan ang maraming sundalo ng SAF?

Sa halip, mahaba ang satsat niya tungkol sa mga warrant of arrest, kung gaano kasama sina Marwan at Usman at gaano ring kasama ang mga katulad ng mag-amang Estrada na gustong ipawalang saysay ang peace negotiations sa MILF bago siyang umasta na buwayang lumuluha para sa mga pamilya ng mga sundalong napatay.

Bayan calls for accountability on the Mamasapano incident

Militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan condoles with the bereaved families of those killed at the Mamasapano, Maguindanao incident last January 25 that killed dozens of police commandos, Moro rebels and a civilian. It also calls for an impartial investigation on the real nature of the incursion by the police and urges accountability for the terrible loss of lives, including the possible involvement of foreign forces in its planning.

Reports say as many as 64 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force commandos, along with four MILF rebels and a civilian were killed in a gun battle that lasted as long as 11 hours. Government authorities claim the police were in the area to effect a warrant of arrest against two “high value targets” which the United States have identified as “international terrorists.” The MILF, for its part said, they had no choice but to defend themselves from the incursion that was in violation of their ceasefire agreement with the government.

In this video, Bayan spokesperson Teddy Casiño issues their initial statement on the incident.

FURTHER QUESTIONS TO AQUINO BEFORE HIS SPEECH TODAY

1. Shall you lie and deny that you approved the Mamasapano operation by arguing that there was no need for your approval because of standing warrants of arrest for Marwan and Basit?

2. Shall you lie and deny that you authorized the suspended PNP chief Purisima to carry out the entire project leading to the aforesaid operation and to direct the SAF for the purpose?

3, Shall you lie and deny that you authorized Executive Secretary Ochoa to provide everything that Purisima needed for the project and to keep other pertinent officials out of the loop?

4. Shall you lie and deny that you, together with Ochoa and Purisima, received orders from US officials who told you that their operatives had once more succeeded since sometime ago to give Marwan and his aides communications gadgets with embedded microchips to surveil them and gain real-time intelligence on their location?

5. Shall you lie and deny that you, together with Ochoa and Purisima, are responsible for treacherously and criminally deploying 392 SAF personnel in an area where you are required by ceasefire agreement to priorly consult and coordinate with the MILF regarding the deployment of your armed personnel in MILF territory?

6. Do you really think that you could sneak in such a large force without being detected long before they could reach any specific target? Don’t you know that dogs can wake up and bark even at 2 a.m. to alert the MILF?

7. Were you not being overeager to reap international publicity by posting yourself in a Zamboanga location with your American handlers?

8. Together with your accomplices, are you not criminally liable for putting into a death trap your own armed personnel in SAF?

— Prof. Jose Maria Sison

OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF THE MILF ON THE INCIDENT LAST 25TH JANUARY 2015

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This is the official statement of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front relative to the unfortunate event that happened at Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015.

1. First and foremost, we express and send our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who died in the armed encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. The emotions of loss and pain are not alien to us Bangsamoro and Mujahideen. Nevertheless, respect and solidarity are due to all, irrespective of which side they belong.

2. Our concern is the truth. There will be a lot of speculations as to what happened and until what happened is established with credibility and integrity, the said incident will weigh down our current efforts to bring peace to our homeland.

3. ln order to give meaning to their deaths, we must resolve not to let something like this happen again. To this end, the MILF is convening a Special lnvestigative Commission (SlC) to be composed of members of the MILF Central Committee and BIAF General Staff who are tasked to investigate the events at Mamasapano, Maguindanao that resulted in the death of members of the MILF and of soldiers of the Philippine Government. The mandate of the SIC is to gather as much reliable information and interview witnesses to establish the truth. The SIC is given instruction to come up with a report to the Central Committee as soon as possible.

4. We hereby reiterate the MILF’s full commitment to the peace process with the Philippine Government. An enduring peace and justice remain to be our primary objective. In this regard, all actions and pronouncements of our political and military unit of the MILF should advance and adhere to this primary objective as much as possible and with due regard to the safety and security of our people and communities.

5. The MILF have been in negotiations with the Philippine Government for some time now. During this time both parties have established protocols, ways of proceedings and mechanisms, which support and keep the peace. Adherence to these mechanisms have created a peaceful environment and lessened actual hostilities through the years. It is unfortunate but not entirely surprising that when parties do not follow  established protocols lives are placed in harm’s way. We therefore recommit ourselves to follow these processes and protocols.

6. For widest dissemination.

Karapatan slams arrest of NDFP consultant and Bautista’s possible appointment as GPH peace panel chief

Photo: NDFP Peace Consultant Rogelio Posadas/ndfp.net

Photo: NDFP Peace Consultant Rogelio Posadas/ndfp.net


“Actions speak louder than words. The arrest of another the peace consultant Rogelio Posadas and Gen. Emmanuel Bautista’s possible appointment as chair of Aquino’s peace panel with the National Democratic Front of the Philippine contradict whatever hints of openness Aquino is trying to put on with regards to peace,” Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said.

Karapatan demanded from the BS Aquino government to release immediately NDFP peace consultant Rogelio Posadas.

Posadas was illegally arrested on January 9, 2015, less than a week before Pope Francis’ arrival in Manila and at a time when political prisoners all over the country were gearing for the nationwide hunger strike. Posadas is covered by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) with NDFP Identification Number ND978313 under the assumed name “Angel Jose.”

Posadas, 57, was travelling with two companions when a pick-up car overtook their motorcycle and flagged them down along the bio-ethanol plant in Brgy. Punao, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. Some 12 members of the Regional Public Safety Battalion of Philippine National Police showed up and at commanded, at gunpoint, Posadas and his companions to raise their arms. Led by Captain Tony Benitez, members of the arresting unit searched Posadas but found nothing. They were then brought to PNP headquarters of San Carlos City.

The police interrogated Posadas in a conference room. He was told his two companions would be immediately released if he admits he is Rogelio Posadas. At around 3:30 am, he told the police he was Rogelio Posadas. By 4:00a.m., the PNP released his companions. Posadas was later brought to Cadiz PNP Headquarters.

The authorities arrested Posadas using the same warrant used against human rights worker Zara Alvarez, a former political prisoner. Posadas is charged with murder, robbery in band, and homicide.

Bautista: a rights violator, knows no peace

“As the brains of Oplan Bayanihan, the counter-insurgency program of BS Aquino, Ret. Gen. Bautista is the last person fit to sit as chair of GPH’s peace panel with the NDFP,” Palabay commented. Under Oplan Bayanihan, Karapatan recorded 229 victims of extrajudicial killings, 26 enforced disappearances, 700 illegally arrested and detained, and over 46,000 victims of forced evacuations. “BS Aquino reached the full extent of shamelessness if he appoints a certified human rights violator in the peace panel,” Palabay said.

“With Gen. Bautista at the helm, we dread that not one of the three remaining substantive agenda will be tackled. As a militarist, Gen. Bautista seems uninterested in tackling the roots of the armed conflict,like Aquino, and has consistently employed militarist means in addressing them through Oplan Bayanihan,” Palabay said.

“The possibility of Gen. Bautista heading the panel does not encourage good will for the peace talks to continue. We call for a resumption of the talks that would tackle the substantive agenda and not a circus,” Palabay concluded. ###

(Photo: NDFP Peace Consultant Rogelio Posadas/ndfp.net)

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