so the police report is out, and a senate draft report, too, and the consensus is in. the buck stops with the president, not with napenas. and we people who thought the president was, is, ultimately responsible for the tragic outcome, we are feeling vindicated.
the consequent drop in approval and trust ratings should move the president, if he is smart, to change tactics. this is the time to think out of the box, no, out of the corner he has painted himself into, if he wants to come out of this with any semblance of gravity or grace.
for one, the president should stop defending the indefensible. the story that he gave napenas, or is it purisima, orders to coordinate with the AFP but he was disobeyed, lied to, fooled, does not fly.
it needs elaboration because it raises more questions, like why was he not fully on top of it, a mission so important and so delicate, given the MILF arena and the peace talks. and knowing of the rift between SAF and the AFP, why did he not sit them all down, together, purisima and napenas with espina and catapang, and order them to coordinate and to prevent any leaks that would alert marwan and usman (not to speak of the MILF), or else! and why was the MILF not informed, kahit time-on-target lang, so they could start to get the word out to their people and their troops: keep your heads down, hindi tayo ang sadya nila, hindi tayo ang kalaban. unless, of course, totoo ang tsismis na kanlong-kanlong nila sina marwan at usman?
for another, the president should stop hitting at napenas, who is a victim, too, of mamasapano. wala na siyang ginawang tama? LOL. then the same should be said of the ones who ordered him around. and what about the latest from the prez, that napenas could have aborted the operation nuong behind schedule na, buking liwayway na.
These include the late arrival of the first SAF seaborne unit resulting in only 13 commandos crossing the river to the target area, and the late arrival of the reinforcing units for the extraction.
like i replied to a comment here, six americans were looking over napenas’s shoulder at the time. surely there was a consensus to continue. and surely the president knew of the american presence, because if he didn’t, what would that say of the president? and of the american presence?