MANILA - A political analyst believes Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas should have resigned his post after the Mamasapano operation to show his dissatisfaction about being kept out of the loop in Oplan: Exodus.
Speaking to ANC's Headstart, Prof. Edmund Tayao said Roxas has always been hesitant to catch every opportunity to hog the limelight since he wants to be seen as a hard worker rather than an attention-grabber.
However, Tayao said the events of the January 25 operation showed there is an indication that President Aquino did not trust Roxas "at least in this very important operation", which led to the secretary being bypassed.
"That would have been a good opportunity for the Secretary to show some more vigorous leadership. Probably give the President a very categorical statement that he didn't like what happened and ultimately he should have resigned," he said.
Asked what a resignation would have accomplished, he said: "It would have shown he is really a leader, a strong leader who does not compromise his leadership..."
He added that Roxas could still tap his political machinery if he decides to pursue the presidency in 2016.
Special Action Force commander Getulio Napenas has confirmed he did not inform Roxas and PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina about the Mamasapano operation based on the advice of then suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima. The operation led to the deaths of 44 SAF commandos, 18 Moro fighters and 5 civilians.
Tayao said Roxas has taken a different road after the operation by seeing the families of the 44 slain police commandos.
He said that even if Roxas was kept in the dark, the secretary opted to face the families and explain what happened in Mamasapano to the best of his ability.