Malacañang Palace again defended President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday amid the ongoing Senate hearing on the Mamasapano incident that killed 44 SAF troopers.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said “President Aquino had always acted responsibly and faced squarely all matters pertaining to the Mamasapano incident,” Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.
Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile claimed that Aquino is only “shielding” himself from any responsibility and accountability for a complete failure that cause the 44 SAF troopers dead.
“President Aquino deliberately hid or was hiding himself behind Purisima,” Philippine Star qouted him as saying.
Earlier,Enrile said that he has evidence to prove that President Aquino was “actively” and “directly” involved in the planning of the Mamasapano incident.
“So that there will be no more questions about whether we should reopen the Mamasapano hearing or not, I would like to make it of record that I have evidence: one, that the President of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III, actively and directly involved himself in the planning and preparation for Oplan Exodus,” he said.
International Terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir (Marwan) was killed during the operation. but in exchange more than 60 people died between the SAF troopers and other armed groups.