Close  

‘Mission accomplished,’ Espina on SAF killing of Marwan

espina

PNP OIC Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina. LYN RILLON / INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos did not die in vain.

Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina declared this on Monday after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officially confirmed the SAF had killed Malaysian terrorist and bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

ADVERTISEMENT

BACKSTORY: FBI confirms death of Marwan in bloody Mamasapano raid

“As I’ve said mission accomplished,” Espina said.

FEATURED STORIES

“Marwan is confirmed to be the one taken down by the SAF. My people did not die in vain. One international terrorist down to keep you all safe,” the official said in a chance interview in Camp Crame.

Marwan, who had a $5-million reward on his head, was the target of “Operation Exodus” that led to the death of 44 policemen, 17 Moro fighters and five civilians. The botched raid triggered public outrage against President Benigno Aquino III, whom they blamed for mishandling the operation.

Espina, after the FBI confirmed Marwan’s death last Thursday, issued a statement declaring that one of the US agency’s most wanted terrorists was dead.

He said the FBI’s findings “effectively dismissed any and all doubts” that hounded the incident over the identity of the bomb-making expert and terror group Jemaah Islamiyah member.

“Based on this new evidence provided by modern science, there is no doubt that the PNP-SAF indeed got their man, as they always do,” Espina said.

He added, “This fact should add to the glory and honor of the 44 brave young men who offered the supreme sacrifice to get the job done.”

RELATED STORY

ADVERTISEMENT

SAF survivor reveals why Marwan’s finger given to FBI

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: bomb maker, bomber, DNA testing, Fallen 44, FBI, Leonardo Espina, Maguindanao, Malaysian terrorist, Mamasapano, Marwan, SAF 44, terrorist, Zulkifli bin Hir
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.