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Purisima: I have no role in Mamasapano operation

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 03:10 PM February 09, 2015

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MANILA, Philippines — “I have no role in that operation,” resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director  General Alan  Pursima  told a Senate hearing  on Monday.

Under intense grilling  by Senator Teofisto Guingona III during the   hearing of the Senate committee on  public order joint with committees on peace, unification, and reconciliation, and finance, Purisima  repeatedly  denied ordering the Mamasapano operation last January  where 44 members of the PNP-Special Action Force   were killed.

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“I did not  know that the SAF  jumped off already,” the  resigned  official said.

Resigned Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Alan Purisima is greeted by a senate staff prior to the start of the Philippine Senate probe on the police operation to capture Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir, or Marwan, one of Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Jan. 25 that killed 44 elite police commandos, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. AP

Resigned Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Alan Purisima is greeted by a senate staff prior to the start of the Philippine Senate probe on the police operation to capture Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir, or Marwan, one of Asia’s most-wanted terror suspects, Jan. 25 that killed 44 elite police commandos, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. AP

“You were just advising,  giving  suggestions?” asked   Guingona.

“Your honor, during the time  that Police Director  General Napeñas informed  that they already jumped off, that was already in the morning,”  Purisima said, referring to   relieved  SAF Director  Getulio  Napenas.

“You mean you did not also  know anything about it?”  Guingona asked again.

“I did not know that the PNP SAF, that they jumped off already,”  Purisima  said  again.

Guingona then directed  his question to Napeñas if he was  the only one who knew about the operation.

Responding  to the senator, Napeñas read Pursima’s text message to him last  January 19 or six days before the operation.

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At about 6:31 p.m. of January 19, 2015, Napeñas said Pursima  texted him  asking about  his plan.

“I responded. Sir good p.m. The plan for the operation  is a go on the timeline which is January 23 to January 26 . The troops will move from Zamboanga…”

“There’s no problem  in the  target area. Preparations continue so that troops are ready  once situation  and entry road is good,”  said the  relieved  SAF official.

When Guingona asked again who ordered  him on January 25   to go into the Mamasapano operation, Napeñas said: ‘There was no direct order for me your honor but I based that decision to go based on the continuing  operations, which we have done…”

Pressed for a categorical answer,  Napeñas said: “It’s  me who decided to go on that window—January 23 to January 26 based on the text message that I sent to Purisima.”

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