President Benigno Aquino III insisted Tuesday, February 24, that he is doing everything to address the problems facing the country including the Mamasapano tragedy that killed 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.
President Aquino issued the statement amid mounting calls for him to face the bungled police operation head-on and answer all matters that remain shady.
“Bilang Pangulo, ginagawa ko ang lahat, upang harapin at tugunan ang mga suliranin ng bansa,” Aquino said in his speech during the awarding ceremony for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organization (TAYO) 2015 at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace.
[“As President, I am doing everything to confront and address the problems of the country.”]
“Hindi ako puwedeng magpadala sa bugso ng aking emosyon dahil baka mapalala ko pa ang problema,” he added.
[I cannot let my emotions control me because I might aggravate the problem.]
The President said he should be patient at all times so as not to endanger all the reforms the government has done for the past four and a half years.
Part of the reforms is the administration’s effort to achieve lasting peace in Mindanao through the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which has been jeopardized by the Mamasapano tragedy.
Aquino said the only desire of the government is to correct the mistakes of the past and to ensure that the future generation will not suffer from the same fate.
Several quarters have been prodding President Aquino to take the bull by the horns and explain his role in bungled police operation that left 44 SAF commandos dead after a firefight with Moro rebels from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
The Chief Executive made a televised address regarding the incident twice but a lot of groups including lawmakers remain unsatisfied.
President Aquino earlier said that he knew about the operation but he did not give the go-signal to launch the covert operation last January 25 to arrest two suspected terrorists Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan and Abdul Basit Usman.