PNoy accepts Purisima’s resignation, warns those who will go against Usman’s capture

pnoyaddress_feb6More than a week after his last public speech, President Benigno Aquino III again comes out to address the nation regarding different issues surrounding the Mamasapano incident.

In a televised address Friday February 6, 2015, President Aquino recounted the purpose of the operation and reiterated the importance to capture international terrorist Marwan and Usman. He also accepts responsibility of the incident but indirectly puts the main burden to the operation’s ground commander.

“Ako ang Ama ng Bayan, at 44 sa aking mga anak ang nasawi. Hindi na sila maibabalik; nangyari ang trahedya sa ilalim ng aking panunungkulan; dadalhin ko po hanggang sa huling mga araw ko ang pangyayaring ito. Responsibilidad ko po sila, kasama ang buong puwersa ng SAF sa operasyong ito, pati na ang mga nagligtas sa kanila na nalagay din sa panganib ang buhay” he said

“Mulat po dapat dito ang commander ng operasyon, lalo pa’t matagal siyang nakadestino sa Mindanao. Inaasahan sa kanya ang tinatawag na situational awareness. Bilang commander, siya ang nakakaalam ng kabuuang plano, at sa mga panganib na dala nito; siya ang unang nakakaalam kung naipapatupad ito nang tama. Alam niya dapat ang nangyayari sa bawat sandali.”

Towards the middle of the speech, the President mentioned what the public wants to hear from the start, Gen. Alan Purisima. After briefing the listeners with his close relationship with the suspended PNP Chief, President Aquino announced his acceptance of Purisima’s resignation. He said it may be hard for him to do it knowing their long-standing closeness, but he has no choice by let go of Purisima.

“Tinatanggap ko po, effective immediately, ang resignation ni General Purisima. At nagpapasalamat ako sa mahabang panahon ng kanyang paglilingkod bago mangyari ang trahedyang ito.”

During the wrap-up he strongly stated that the government will do its best to give justice to the slained 44 SAF. He also warned those elements who will go against the government in seeking justice and capturing Basit Usman.

“Magsilbi sana itong babala at paalala: Huhulihin namin si Usman, anuman ang maging desisyon ninyo, sino man ang kumukupkop sa kanya, at saan man siya nagtatago.”…”Sa mga naliligaw naman ng landas, na magtatangka pang humadlang sa pagtugis namin kay Usman, tandaan  na ninyo: Estado ang kalaban ninyo, at sasagasaan namin kayo.”

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