Why Gordon, Romualdez think PNoy should face raps for Mamasapano

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Posted at Feb 03 2016 12:40 PM | Updated as of Feb 03 2016 01:51 PM

MANILA - Two senatorial hopefuls believe President Aquino should face charges for the deaths of 44 Special Action Force police commandos during an anti-terror operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last year.

Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez said that as commander in chief, the buck should stop with the President.

"He was overseeing the operations. Liability may attach to his office," he said in a DZMM interview.

Ex-senator Richard Gordon was more succinct. "Yes, dapat kasuhan."

Gordon pointed out that as president, Aquino swore to execute all laws in the country including protecting police officers sent to Mindanao.

The former senator questioned why Aquino decided to tap suspended police chief Alan Purisima to help plan out the operation to neutralize Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan.

"That's practically usurping the powers of a regular police officer. Bawal na yun," he said.

He also questioned why Aquino failed to give instructions to coordinate with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to immediately cease hostilities in the area.

"He should have done that and now he cannot explain it. He should own up to it," he said.