Mamasapano operation not US-led: Napeñas

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 31 2017 11:06 AM

Former Special Action Forces chief Getulio Napeñas on Tuesday dared former President Benigno Aquino III to prove his innocence in relation to the failed Mamasapano operation.

Speaking to ANC's Headstart, Napeñas said the President never instructed him to coordinate with then Armed Forces chief of staff Gregorio Catapang about the Mamasapano operation.

He said taking a lie detector test would show "who is telling the truth."

Napeñas also challenged Aquino to execute a waiver to reveal the contents of his cell phone on January 24-25, 2015.

The SAF director also insisted the Mamasapano operation was not a US-led operation, since law enforcers have been running after Marwan from 2010 to 2015.

He said the Americans helped in only 4 aspects - real time intelligence to locate Marwan, the setting up of a tactical command post in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao, medical assistance right after the incident and the FBI investigation.

"If you are asking if may combat troops doon mismo sa bakbakan, wala. Violation yan. Wala din namatay na foreigner or Amerikano. Walang foreigner o Amerikano na combat troops on the ground dahil ako mismo violation yan. Hindi ko i-a-allow yan."

Aquino earlier insisted the botched anti-terror mission was not his fault, blaming instead Napeñas who allegedly lied to him and disobeyed orders to secure cooperation from the Philippine Army.

The Ombudsman on Tuesday filed criminal cases against former national police chief Alan Purisima and Napenas for the botched operation last January 25, 2015 which led to the deaths of over 60 people, including 44 SAF commandos.

ANC, January 31, 2017