Tour - Phillippines
Shortly after the 1986 people power revolution, President Cory Aquino said that reconciliation was only possible if justice was served. The murder of the 44 PNP Special Action Force has sparked widespread calls for the peace agreement to be put on hold until justice has been fully served.
The 44 elite PNP troops out to arrest Malaysian bomber Zulkifli bin Hir a.k.a. Marwan and his Filipino follower Abdul Basit Usman were practically sent to their deaths in a most horrendous, barbaric and brutal manner. The botched operation in Mamasapano is the worst in the history of the Philippine National Police in terms of the number of casualties in a 12-hour combat.
News travelled fast with social media and because the president took three days before he finally addressed the Filipino people — this only opened more questions. What really happened? Why was there no immediate reinforcement from the Philippine Army when elements from the 6th Infantry Division were in the vicinity? Who planned the operation? Did it have the go signal of the president considering that Marwan is a high-level and high-value target? Was it true that suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima was the one really calling the shots, operating behind the scene? The big question is, how come DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP OIC and Deputy Director Leonardo Espina claim they did not know about it? The president’s answers in the subsequent press conference left Filipinos with a sense of dissatisfaction and disquiet — he was noticeably evasive, answering questions with questions and refusing to give categorical answers.