Bato: Former President Aquino should be held accountable for Mamasapano tragedy

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PNP Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa said on Tuesday that former President Benigno Aquino III should be held accountable for the deaths of Special Action Force (SAF) 44.
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"Kung tutuusin, lahat doon dapat managot," Dela Rosa told reporters. 

"Ang recommendation namin sa Board of Inquiry [ay] hanggang sa highest official na involved doon sa operation na 'yun ang dapat managot."

"Dapat hanggang sa President dapat. 'Yun naman ang recommendation namin, di ba?" he added.

The BOI said Aquino violated the PNP chain of command when he allowed PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima to get involved in the mission called Oplan Exodus when at that time, he was suspended.

"The chain of the command in the PNP was violated. The President, the suspended CPNP Purisima, and the former Director SAF [Getulio] Napeñas kept the information to themselves and deliberately failed to inform the OIC PNP and the SILG," the BOI said in its report.

"The Chain of Command should be observed in running mission operations," it added.

The panel said Aquino "bypassed the established PNP Chain of Command" by dealing "directly" with sacked Special Action Force chief Dir. Getulio Napeñas Jr. instead of with the officer-in-charge Deputy Dir. Gen. Leonardo Espina.

Dela Rosa said it is up to President Duterte if cases will be pursued against Aquino and the others in connection with the Mamasapano tragedy.

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"Hintay ko lang ang instruction ng President. Alam ko (Department of Justice) DOJ naman ang uutusan niya dyan. ‘Yung sa pulis tapos na, kung may lalabas na warrant, ‘yung pulis tutulong," he said.



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