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.