Napeñas rebukes Aquino over botched SAF operation | Inquirer News
Mamasapano Massacre

Napeñas rebukes Aquino over botched SAF operation

/ 12:24 AM January 28, 2017
Getulio Napeñas

Director Getulio Napeñas. PHOTO BY LYN RILLON

CEBU CITY—Former President Benigno Aquino III has “no balls.”

This was the stinging rebuke of former Special Action Force Cmdr. Getulio Napeñas Jr.  who was visibly mad at his former Commander -in-Chief for blaming him for the botched operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province, that led to the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.


“I wish the former President was like our President now who stands by his decision and order because he has balls. But the former President is not like that. He evades and blames it on others,” Napeñas said in Filipino.

The retired police officer said they knew it was the directive of Aquino but when problems arose, he left his men hanging.


On Thursday, Aquino gave a point-by-point reply to the allegations hurled against him by President Rodrigo Duterte on his alleged failure to prevent the carnage.

Aquino emphasized that it was the insubordination of Napeñas that led to the deaths of the SAF 44. He said his only fault was trusting Napeñas, who lied to him.

But Napeñas, who maintained that Aquino was aware of all  preparations to  get Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan.

He said Aquino could not say he was not involved in the plan since the latter even sent a text message to former PNP chief Alan Purisima on Jan. 25, 2015, the day of the operation.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

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: Alan Purisima, Benigno Aquino III, Getulio Napeñas Jr., Mamasapano encounter, Marwan, Noynoy Aquino, Rodrigo Duterte, Zulkifli bin Hir
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

News that matters

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2022 | 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.