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    Perfecto Yasay revealed Aquino’s ulterior Mamasapano-tragedy motives

    “The reason why the former president [Benigno Aquino III] deliberately tailored his orders to General Purissima and Col. Napenas to be vague and imprecise is to give him the flexibility of a plausible denial of involvement should the operation be prematurely exposed by glitches. He [Aquino] wanted a clean exit to save face.”

    That’s how former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. examined the botched Mamasapano operation more than a couple of years ago which tragically caused the lives of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos. In a Facebook post, Yasay laid out his analysis and speculations regarding the appalling tragedy.

    He started his post by providing a brief background on the aim or objective of the said operation.

    “The sole objective of the January 25, 2015 Police Commando operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, was to capture Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Abdhir alias "Marwan" dead or alive….It was a significant success in the war against terrorism,” Yasay claimed.

    “Unfortunately, it resulted in the deaths of 44 brave members of the PNP Special Action Force who were massacred by MILF rebel elements that were jolted by the clandestine campaign to arrest one of the FBI's most wanted international terrorists,” the former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary added.

    Maneuvering to the main agenda of his post, Yasay started to establish the ground for his claim by characterizing former president Aquino as someone who “intentionally” refused to provide necessary reinforcements to the then outnumbered commandos and someone who denies liabilities and accountability for such shortcomings. 

    “But the scandal of the so-called Mamasapano Massacre…was the unacceptable conduct of the President [referring to Aquino] in refusing to promptly authorize the rescue operations of the troopers who were trapped in an open terrain by a numerically superior adversary and accept full responsibility for the risky and dangerous undertaking,” Yasay explained.

    Explaining the side of the former president, Yasay revealed what could have caused Aquino to act indifferently. Mentioning the then ongoing peace talks initiated by the previous administration, Yasay claimed that Aquino was indecisive out of his intention not to inflict trouble into the meliorationg negotiations.

    “Ironically, P-Noy's behavior was prompted by an overriding desire not to jeopardize the GRP- Bangsamoro peace negotiations. His authorization for a police or military intrusion into a rebel-held territory without coordination with the MILF, violated a key protocol in the ongoing peace process. Yet to do so would have inevitably compromised the delicate top secret operation,” Yasay revealed elaborately.

    Yasay also acknowledged Aquino’s lacking sense of responsibility and accountability over the incident. Yasay even emphasized how Aquino blatantly tried to put the blame to others despite being primarily connected to the tragedy.

    “Simply put, at the height of a grave crisis P-Noy desperately tried to escape accountability by putting the blame on others. He displayed a fundamental flaw vital to the presidency - the lack of moral courage,” Yasay concluded.

    Yasay then commended [implicitly] current President Rodrigo Duterte for having superb moral-courage and great sense of accountability over his actions. Claiming that Duterte is someone sent from above, Yasay wrote:

    “Indeed PRRD is God sent,” he ended.

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