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Napeñas made changes to Mamasapano plan – Aquino

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By: Xave Gregorio

Former President Benigno Aquino III said former Special Action Force (SAF) chief Getulio Napeñas Jr. made abrupt changes to the plan for the Mamasapano operation against Zulkifi bin Hir, alias Marwan.

Aquino revealed that a water-borne operation was possible, however, Napeñas told him that it could not proceed due to low water levels.

But Aquino said he later learned from PAGASA that water levels in the area of the bloody operation was even higher than when the troops tested out their plan.

“Why did they change the plan? Again, your guess is as good as mine,” he said in a press briefing in his home on Times Street in Quezon City.

Aside from this, Aquino also said troops were supposed to have different points for entry and exit, but only ended up using one point for entering and leaving the target area.

Aquino said one SAF trooper who survived the encounter that left 44 of his comrades dead told him that the operation was dangerous and a “suicide mission.”

But he told media today (Nov. 10) that he would not send troops to suicide missions.

Aquino is facing charges of graft and usurpation of authority before the Sandiganbayan Third Division after the Ombudsman filed a case against him for allowing then-suspended Philippine National Police General Alan Purisima to participate in the Mamasapano operation.