People demand full revelation of US, Aquino lead role in Mamasapano operation — CPP

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By CPP Information Bureau

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today said that the Filipino people are demanding the full revelation of the role played by the US military and Benigno Aquino III in planning, executing and bungling the 25 January 2015 Mamasapano operation. Over the past few days, the Filipino people have been closely monitoring the public hearings being conducted by the Senate and House of Representatives which are looking into the incident.

On 25 January, close to 400 police operatives under the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) carried out an operation to neutralize Zulkfili Bin Hir alias Marwan, who has been included in the US government “list of terrorists” and who carries a bounty of US$6 million funded by the US State Department. An ensuing gunbattle between the police forces and armed Moro fighters in the area resulted in the deaths of 44 police forces, 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters, several Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) men, and at least five civilians.

“The Filipino people are dismayed at how certain senators, congressmen, officials of the Aquino government and resource people are determinedly preventing the revelation of the lead role played by the US government and military and its top-level clandestine collaboration with the Aquino government,” said the CPP.

“Former PNP-SAF commander Gen. Getulio Napeñas himself has refused to disclose to what extent the US military and its security agencies planned and executed the Mamasapano operation,” pointed out the CPP. “He was allowed to get away in his claim that the SAF spent only PhP100,000 (US$2,260) for what was obviously a multi-million peso operation.”

“He clearly had close coordination with the US forces when his purported request for assistance to the US Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF-Philippines) for medical evacuation was immediately responded to, with the US military dispatching helicopters and men in the area,” said the CPP. Independent reports reveal that the US military sent helicopters to evacuate an American soldier said to be among the dead.

“Close coordination with the US government has nonetheless been inadvertently revealed in General Napeñas’ testimony that a severed finger from the slain police target taken for DNA identification was immediately sent to agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who were waiting in General Santos City,” pointed out the CPP. “He, however, was allowed to answer in executive session the reason why the FBI agents were already at General Santos City, although the Filipino people can clearly see through the veil of secrecy.”

“The Filipino people can also clearly see that the US forces were clandestinely working with Aquino himself in hatching up the Mamasapano operation,” said the CPP. “Aquino directly trampled on the authority of police officials by having his favorite lackey, suspended PNP chief Dir. Gen. Alan Purisima, plan out and supervise the operation, without the knowledge of the police echelon, nor of military officers and other key security and defense officials.”

“Aquino, himself, had Generals Purisima and Napeñas brief him on the status of the Mamasapano operation days prior to the operation,” said the CPP. “It is also apparent that General Purisima, together with US officials, were the ones giving Aquino updates during the early morning hours of 25 January.”

“General Purisima was extended executive privilege when he was allowed to first seek Aquino’s permission before answering whether he was the one who informed the president of the status of the Mamasapano operation. However, he succeeded only in revealing how he and Aquino were deeply involved in the clandestine operation.”

The CPP urges the Filipino people to press on with their demand to have the truth fully disclosed, especially regarding the role of the US in instigating, funding and planning the operation, the violations of Philippine sovereignty in the clandestine operations of the US police, military and security agencies in the country and how it collaborated with treasonous government, police and military officials.

The CPP also supports the Filipino people in their clamor for Aquino’s ouster and plans to charge him criminally for using his ill-supported police operatives as cannon fodder by ordering them to wage battle deep in hostile territory.

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