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ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on people’s sentiments against Mamasapano operators

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison hinggil sa damdamin ng mamamayan sa Mamasapano encounter

February 6, 2015

1. Kagaya ng dapat asahan sa sinapit ng SAF 44, nahahati ngayon ang saloobin ng mga pamilya at kaibigan ng mga nasawi. Hindi pa rin malaman ng mga tao ano ang tunay na saloobin ng mga natira pang SAF commandos dahil nang humarap si Pnoy sa kanila ay wala man lang kumibo kahit isa. Ano ang inyong obserbasyon hinggil ditto?

JMS: Natural na galit ang mga kawal at opisyal ng SAF kay Aquino. Alam na alam nila na si Aquino at si Purisima ang nagbigay ng go-signal sa pagpasok ng SAF sa teritoryo ng MILF. Alam din nila na si Aquino ang nagbigay ng stand down order para hindi matulungan ng 315 SAF ang mga napalaban na 77 SAF.

2. Ano po ang inyong masasabi sa mga nananawagan na magbitiw na sa pwesto ang pangulo? Sa inyong pagtingin, gagawin po ba ito ni Noynoy?

JMS: May malakas na katwiran ang mga nagdedemanda ng resignation ni Aquino. Dapat managot siya sa mga krimen niya. Habang nagtatagal na presidente si Aquino, marami pang krimen ang magagawa niya, sa korupsyon at abusadong paggamit ng pwersang militar. Syempre, ayaw magresign si Aquino. Pero sapilitang magresign na siya kung napakalakas na ang mga kilos masa laban sa kanya. Posibleng mas gustuhin niya na magresign kaysa mapatalsik na basag ang ulo niya.

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on Pnoy and Purisima’s role in the Mamasapano tragedy

Panayam ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison hinggil sa papel nina Presidente Noynoy Aquino at General Alan Purisima sa Mamasapano tragedy.

1. Ano po sa inyong pagtingin ang krimen nina Aquino at Purisima
kung meron man, sa naganap na Mamasapano encounter? May pagtingin po kasi ang mga tao na sila ay magkaibigang matalik at mahihirapan na idiin ng isa ang isa sa kasalanan nito sa SAF 44.

JMS: Dahil lamang sa utos at tulak ng mga Amerikanong imperyalista, hindi na nakapag-isip nang matino si Aquino. Krimen ni Aquino na ginamit niyang planner at implementer ng Oplan Wolverine ang suspendidiong PNP chief na si Purisima. Krimen nilang dalawa na ipinahamak nila ang SAF dahil sa walang koordinasyon sa MILF, sa PNP central command, sa Army at sa Air Force. Isinubo nila ang mga biktima sa tiyak na kamatayan. Gugulatin mo ba ang mga waring tulog na may baril sa sarili nilang baryo? Tiyak na makikipagbarilan ang mga iyon.

2. Nagresign daw si Purisima sa serbisyo o sa pagiging PNP chief. Pero sinasabi naman niya na hindi siya nagkocommand at wala siyang kasalanan. Bakit po kaya siya nagresign kung wala siyang kasalaman?

JMS: Nagresign na si Purisima dahil naramdaman na niya ang galit ng bayan at isip din niya na sa pagresign titigil ang mga protesta ng masa at siya naman ay mababalik sa pwesto kung magtestigo ang mga kabig niya sa SAF na hindi siya nagcommand sa Oplan Wolverine kundi si Napeñas lamang. Si Aquino naman ay pakunwaring tumatanggap ng responsabilid dahil akala niyang paraan lamang ito para tumigil ang mga kilos protesta.

“Hand-washing” groups say of PNoy’s 2nd Mamasapano speech

Activist groups led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan trooped to Mendiola earlier tonight to hold a public viewing of President Benigno Aquino’s second national address regarding the Mamasapano debacle that killed dozens last January 25.

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on Pnoy’s second national address (Last Part)

Panayan ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison hinggil sa pangalawang pahayag sa publiko ni Presidente Noynoy Aquino tungkol sa Mamasapano tragedy.

Pebrero 6, 2015

4.Bahagi pa rin ng kanyang talumpati ang paniningil sa BIFF at
MILF na tila bagang ang mga ito ang dapat singilin sa sinapit ng SAF 44.
Ano po ang masasabi ninyo dito?

JMS: Ang unang singilin sa pagpapahamak sa mga namatay na SAF 44 at iba pang tao ay sina Aquino, Purisima at si Ochoa. Ang tatlong ito ang pinakaunang dahilan sa pagkamatay ng mga SAF. Sila ang managot kung bakit hindi sila gumawa muna ng konsultasyon at koordinasyon sa MILF. Hindi nangyari ang sagupaan sa Mamasapano kung iginalang nila ang ceasefire agreement sa MILF.

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on Pnoy’s second national address (Part 2&3)

Panayan ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison hinggil sa pangalawang pahayag sa publiko ni Presidente Noynoy Aquino tungkol sa Mamasapano tragedy.

Pebrero 6, 2015

2.Ibinahagi ni Noynoy ang mga kabutihan diumanong ginawa ni
Purisima sa kanilang pagsasama simulan pa noong siya ay congressman pa
lamang at parang sinasabi niya na masakit din na tanggapin ang resignation
nito sa tungkulin. Ano po ang opinyon ninyo sa bagay na ito?

JMS: Impertinente ang mga ganitong salita ni Aquino. Kahit magkasintahan pa sila ni Purisima hindi pertinente ito sa ginawa nilang krimen na pagpapahamak sa mga kawal ng SAF.

3.Binanggit din ni Aquino na estado na ang makakalaban ng sinumang
hahadlang sa ipagpapatuloy na operasyon ng paghahanap at pag-aresto kay
Usman kahit ito pa ay nasa lugar ng mga BIFF a MILF. Ano po kaya ang
implikasyon ng ganitong pahayag sa buong mamamayan?

JMS: Hindi ba sa ngalan ng estado ang paggamit at pagpapahamak ni Aquino sa mga pwersa ng SAF sa Mamasapano? Dati bang akala niya na naglaro lamang siya ng video game nang pinapasok niya ang SAF sa Mamasapano nang walang pahintulot at koordinasyon sa MILF. Sinagasaan niya ang BIFF at MILF at ipinahamak niya ang mga namatay na SAF.

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on Pnoy’s second national address (Part 1)

Panayan ng Kodao Productions kay Prof. Jose Maria Sison hinggil sa pangalawang pahayag sa publiko ni Presidente Noynoy Aquino tungkol sa Mamasapano tragedy.

Pebrero 6, 2015

1. Ano po ang inyong masasabi sa pangkabuuan ng ipinahayag ngayong
gabi ni President Noynoy Aquino hinggil sa usapin pa rin ng Mamasapano
tragedy?

JMS: Hindi totoong tumatanggap ng responsabilidad si Noynoy sa unnecessary at unavoidable na pagkamatay ng 44 na kawal ng SAF at iba pang tao. Hindi niya tinatanggap nang maliwanag na sila ni Purisima sa mula’t sapul ang nagbigay ng go-signal sa Oplan Wolverine at nagsubo sa mga biktima sa kanilang kamatayan. Hindi rin niya tinatanggap na siya mismo ang nagbigay ng stand-down order na pumigil sa pagsaklolo ng 315 na SAF sa 77 SAF na napalaban. Pinigil din niya ang Army sa pagsaklolo sa mga naipit sa maisan.

Aroganteng idinidiin ni Aquino na siya ang Ama ng Bayan at responsabilidad niya na tulungan ang mga pamilya ng mga kawal ng SAF na pinatay habang siya ang presidente. Hindi niya tinatanggap na siya ang nagpahamak sa mga kawal niya. Inabswelto pa niya ang sarili at sinabing mananatili pa siyang presidente nang 17 buwan.

LARAWAN: Bulaklak, kandila, hinagpis at pakikibaka

Prayer Gathering
9th Day after the death of the fallen of Mamasapano
Camp Crame, Quezon City
February 3, 2015

 

Epic fail in leadership and intelligence

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It was a rout – a massacre.  On the early morning of January 25, forty four out of close to 400 elite, US-trained, Special Action Force (SAF) policemen were killed in a 12-hour firefight, in a remote barrio in Mamasapano, Maguindanao — a known rebel stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).  They were reportedly on a top-secret counterterrorism operation to capture Malaysian bomb expert and Jemaah Islamiya leader, Marwan, said to be the equivalent of Osama bin Laden in Southeast Asia and his second in command, Usman.  The two had a total of $7 million bounty on their heads courtesy of the United States government.

The facts and circumstances surrounding this latest debacle in the Aquino government’s anti-terrorist efforts have only been slowly trickling out, no thanks to Malacanang’s lack of transparency if not outright attempts to mislead and deceive. Mr. Aquino’s address to the nation four days after the Mamasapano incident was riddled with inconsistencies, obfuscation, half-truths and outright lies. (For one, there is no mention of civilian guides and paramilitary/CAFGU casualties, which the MILF reports counting, adding up to a total of 64 instead of just 44 killed on the government side.)

Thus the families and comrades of the slain are still seeking answers.  They find little consolation in the Aquino administration’s declaration of a so-called national day of mourning, medals of valor for the dead and injured, and promises of financial support to the latter’s dependents.  They are steadfastly demanding that justice be rendered for their kin’s untimely, avoidable and senseless deaths.

This demand underlies the calls by various quarters for an impartial and thorough investigation into the culpability of those who had instigated, authorized, and planned the entire operation.

Unfortunately, the warmongers and those with deep-seated anti-Moro prejudices have been garnering the most media mileage.  They are calling for “all-out-war” versus the MILF, the junking of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and a halt to further peace negotiations between government and the MILF on the premise that the rebel group is mainly, if not exclusively, to blame for the carnage.

Aquino and his defenders and apologists pretend to be sober and fully committed to achieving peace with the MILF despite this setback.  They have labeled the Mamasapano incident as an unfortunate “misencounter” and have appealed to the public not to make any hasty conclusions until an investigation to be carried out by a PNP Board of Inquiry can determine the “truth”.
But the truth is Mr. Aquino and his clique of the closest “kabarkada” and “kabarilan” are hell bent on foisting a cover-up.

In the first place, more than a week after the incident, there is no admission as to who gave the go signal for what an Interaksyon editorial called a “fatally flawed mission”.  Aquino, when asked by the media categorically whether he himself okayed it, hemmed and hawed and ended up saying his specific approval was unnecessary since there were standing warrants of arrest for the two high-value targets.

Nonetheless, it can be concluded, from his claim that he had repeatedly stressed in briefings the need for coordination, that he was continuously briefed on the progress of the operation and therefore had – or could have had — full and constant knowledge of it.

What has also eventually emerged as a fact is that SAF Director Napenas was directly reporting to suspended PNP chief Purisima, bypassing superior officers in the line of command up to PNP OIC Espina.  Purisima in turn was directly reporting to Aquino, bypassing SILG Mar Roxas.  This breakdown in the line of command, especially in giving Purisima the authority to direct the operations, is by itself highly anomalous and unjustifiable, even if the operation had been successful.

There is no need for any investigation to determine the immediate cause of the disaster.  It was the deliberate decision not to coordinate with both the MILF and the AFP.  It is clear that there was no coordination on several levels and fronts between the police and armed forces, from the SAF commandoes and army units on the ground up to the highest levels of command.

Within the police hierarchy, there was a clear breakdown in the chain of command, with the SAF Director Napenas neither informing nor reporting to the PNP Chief Espina, and instead directly reporting to suspended chief Purisima. Purisima, in turn did not inform nor report to DILG Secretary Roxas but to the President himself.

The MILF official statement sums up the lesson from the Mamasapano incident insofar as the peace process is concerned:  “The MILF have (sic) 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 mechanism (sic) have created a peaceful environment and lessened actual hostilities through the years.  lt is unfortunate but not entirely surprising that when parties do not follow these protocols lives are placed in harm’s way.”

What emerges is the picture of a clique in Aquino’s Cabinet, headed by no less than the Commander-in-Chief, breaking the chain-of-command and illegally placing a suspended police officer in charge of a suicidal mission – a mission fraught not only with untold dangers and operational complexity but imbued with wider and more serious political implications on the ongoing GPH-MILF peace negotiations, particularly the passage by Congress of the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Some analysts attribute Aquino’s illegal and foolhardy reliance on Purisima and his coterie of trusted aides like Napenas to a combination of hubris, his eagerness to score propaganda points in the global “anti-terror” campaign, and just plain incompetent leadership.

What is overlooked however are the undeniable military and political stakes of the US Superpower in this bungled operation and their record of direct and indirect involvement in previous attempts to neutralize Marwan’s group.  This includes the 2012 use of armed drone strikes against a suspected hideout of Marwan in Sulu which resulted in scores of civilian fatalities and an unscathed Marwan.

The “actionable intelligence” that Aquino touted as key to the decision to mount the Mamasapano operation has been traced, according to news reports, to a US mole within the MILF.  This was allegedly verified through US drones and GPS tracking. Subsequently the US mobilized its Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF) based in Mindanao for the latest operation; JSOTF forces were sighted in the aftermath of the Mamasapano operation.  The US would also have nixed coordinating with the MILF despite the dangers of a firefight between the SAF and MILF forces because of intelligence information that Marwan was being given sanctuary by the MILF.

Thus it comes as no surprise that a certified US puppet like Aquino would have had no second thoughts about giving the go-signal for the ill-conceived operation at the sacrifice of the lives of so many SAF personnel in exchange for the prospect of having bragging rights to Marwan’s neutralization.

Speculations are rife and the entire truth will have to await an impartial and thorough investigation.  But there are enough undisputed facts surrounding the Mamasapano disaster that point to an epic fail in intelligence and leadership, military and otherwise. #

Published I Business World
2 February 2015

ITANONG MO KAY PROF: Podcast on Aquino’s statement on Maguindanao encounter (Part 7)

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

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

7. Sinabi ni President Aquino sa kanyang pahayag na may binuo nang board of inquiry, mapagkakatiwalaan po ba ito ng mamamayang Pilipino?

Hindi mapagkakatiwalaan ang board of inquiry na yan. Mga tauhan ni Aquino ang bumubuo. Hindi nila kayang papanagutin si Aquino o ungkatin ang pag-utos ng mga opisyal na Amerikano kay Aquino. Hindi independent ang board. Ang kaya nilang sisihin ay yong commander ng SAF at yong mga isinubo sa tiyak na kamatayan.

LARAWAN: Mamasapano encounter: Gabi ng pagluluksa at pakikidalamhati

Church and peace advocates condole with the families of the PNP-SAF,MILF and BIFF forces whose untimely deaths occurred in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25, 2015.

National Council of Churches in the Philippines
EDSA, Quezon City
January 30, 2015