Former Tarlac governor Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco has accused her nephew, President Benigno Aquino III, of killing her “sons” in order to save the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
In an interview with inquirer.net during the protest rally against Aquino at the EDSA Shrine Sunday, Cojuangco called the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers who died in a clash with Moro rebels last month in Mamasapano, Maguindanao as her “sons.”
“These were my sons who were killed; there was no call from him to save their lives,” Cojuangco said. She was previously involved in humanitarian projects in Muslim communities in Mindanao.
Cojuangco slammed her nephew for caring more about the BBL— which she described as “just a piece of paper”— than for the lives of the SAF troopers who were sent to Mamasapano to arrest terrorists Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and Abdul Basit Usman.
She said the President should be held accountable for the incident.
“[The President] is responsible (for the botched Mamasapano incident). If he was very concerned about saving the peace and the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law), it’s just a piece of paper. It can be restudied and you can look at it very well again. But, he didn’t care. It is the lives (of the troopers) that were at stake. You can’t bring back lives,” she said.