Senator Juan Ponce Enrile is not yet done bashing President Benigno Aquino III for his mismanaging the Mamasapano mission which led to the death of 44 elite troopers.

Enrile on who is to blame for Mamasapano: Kung tanga si Napenas, tanga rin si PNoy

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Senator Juan Ponce Enrile is not yet done bashing President Benigno Aquino III for his mismanaging the Mamasapano mission which led to the death of 44 elite troopers.

Less than four days after reopening the Senate probe on the bungled Mamasapano mission, Enrile blasted Aquino for taking the “solo” route in capturing the elusive Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan who has been hiding inside the territory controlled by Muslim rebels.

“Iyung gabinete niya, hindi niya kinausap. Di katulad ni Obama, nung tirahin nila si Bin Laden, pinulong yung mga advisers niya, Cabinet members, CIA. Ito wala eh. Walang command conference. Sinolo niya. Akala niya kaya niya. Yun pala palpak siya (He (Aquino) did not convene his Cabinet. Unlike (US President Barack) Obama when the US went after Bin Laden, he met with his advisers – Cabinet members, the CIA. In our case, there was nothing, No command conference, He went solo. He thought he was capable. But it turned out he was incompetent),” said Enrile in an interview with DZBB radio.

When asked who he was referring to as “palpak” in his statement, Enrile said he was talking about nobody else but Aquino. Enrile said Malacanang might be blaming the Mamasapano mess on former SAF Chief Getulio Napenas but Aquino was the bigger fool for tapping an inept official.

“Sino pa bang mananagot diyan? Siya ang hari. Tapos sasabihin nila si Napenas, tanga, incompetent. Eh kung pinili niya si Napenas na tanga na operator niya, eh ano ang kalidad ng hari? Tanga rin,” said Enrile.

Enrile also took to task the President for directing the operations solely through the then suspended Police Chief Alan Purisima.

“Kung di siya suspended at that time, pwede pa sigurong makalusot. Eh suspendido eh. Maski hindi suspendido, he compartmentalized the operation. It was clear (Purisima) said he would be responsible for General Pio. Yun bang major general pwedeng pumunta kay Catapang, ‘o, kabaro ganito ang gagawin namin.’ Hindi ganoon ang militar. Hindi household. May protocol sila,” said Enrile..

Enrile was sharply criticized for hyping up the reopening Mamasapano probe which ended up a dud with no explosive evidence presented by the nonagenarian politico. But Enrile is unfazed.

“Kung gusto nila dadalhin ko itong issue na ito sa taumbayan sa darating na eleksyon. Pananagutin ko sila sa bayan mismo. Kung gusto nila ilagay nila si Presidente sa harap ng taumbayan at kaming dalawa ang mag-debate tungkol sa bagay na ito at lalampasuhin ko siya,” said Enrile.

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Trillanes to military: ‘Stop joining EJK operations of PNP’

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has appealed to the military to avoid joining the alleged extrajudicial killings being conducted by the police.

Trillanes, a former rebel soldier, said the military should stick with fighting the armed combatants instead. The latest appeal was aired in a latest Facebook post of the former lawmaker.

“I am calling on the AFP to stop joining the EJK operations of the PNP. You are better than this,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Just stick to the combatants. Beat them and the front orgs would become irrelevant,” he said.

Trillanes also gave an unsolicited advice to the police force to slow down their operations.

“As for the PNP, magdahan-dahan kayo dahil duterte cannot protect you ‘pag wala na sya sa pwesto,” he said.

Trillanes made the appeal after nine activists were killed while several others were arrested in police and military raids in Calabarzon last weekend. The crackdown happened two days after President Duterte ordered security forces to kill armed communist rebels during an encounter.

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Villanueva: Women key to success against Covid-19 pandemic

Senator Joel Villanueva on Monday stressed the key role that women play in defeating the pandemic, saying female leadership would make it possible to win against the most serious health crisis gripping the Philippines and the rest of the world.

In a speech sponsoring Senate Resolution 673 commemorating International Women’s Day, the chair of the Senate labor committee said women now have decisive roles in determining the fate of the country and it was time to acknowledge that.

“If women are with us every step of the way, we cannot lose our way,” Villanueva said in his sponsorship speech.

“If the status of women in society continues to rise, our country will, too,” he said. “And as long as there are women who continue to lead the fight against the pandemic, it is impossible for the people not to be victorious,” he added.

To illustrate the barriers that had been breached by women empowerment, Villanueva recalled his days at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) as the agency’s head.

“I can say that in various trades dominated by highly-skilled male workers, women are successfully breaking the barriers,” Villanueva said.

“In fact, more than 50 percent of technical-vocational graduates are women and they have proven that by taking courses more popular among men, they can also excel in them,” he added.

“Many Filipino women are now making a decent and stable living as welders, drivers, automotive mechanics,” he said.

Italy mayor accused of vaccine queue-jumping resigns

A town mayor in Italy’s Sicily region said Sunday he was stepping down after coming under fire for jumping the queue for coronavirus vaccinations.

“I spent a sleepless night thinking about this decision and I concluded that it is right for me to resign,” Nicolo Nicolosi, 78, told the ANSA news agency.

Nicolosi, mayor of Corleone, a small town near Palermo, said he was quitting “even if I insist that I made the right choice in getting vaccines for me and city councillors.”

On Saturday, press reports said police were investigating the mayor and other members of the municipal government, and had reported the case to local prosecutors.

The city of Corleone — otherwise famous for inspiring the name of the Mafia boss from “The Godfather” franchise — confirmed on its Facebook page that Nicolosi got two vaccine doses in January.

Italy started its vaccination campaign in late December, reserving the first doses for health workers and people over 80. Like in the rest of Europe, supply shortages have caused delays.

Nicolosi argued that local politicians like him also needed immediate protection against the virus, as frontline workers serving their local communities.

His vaccination was “a conscious choice made to stave off the possibility that any contact with the virus might have forced him to abandon his post on the trenches,” the city of Corleone said on Facebook.

Nicola Morra, a senator from the ruling Five Star Movement and head of the upper chamber’s anti-mafia committee, said Nicolosi was not the only local politician who abused the system.

“Unfortunately we are hearing of several situations in which the rule of law was trampled on,” Morra wrote on Facebook, urging other queue jumpers to follow the example of stepping down.

Italy has so far injected 5.3 million doses of the vaccine and fully vaccinated 1.6 million people, out of a population of 60 million, health ministry data showed Sunday.

New Prime Minister Mario Draghi, sworn in last month, has made it a priority to accelerate vaccine distribution, to contain a pandemic that has killed almost 100,000 people nationwide. © Agence France-Presse

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