Aquino’s ‘alternative truth’ draws more flak
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III’s version of the “alternative truth” is self-serving and an attempt to cover up his role in the Mamasapano debacle that claimed the lives of 44 Special Action Force commandos, an official said Wednesday.
The President’s version of the truth was also an attempt to shield the United States’ big role in the botched police operation, Bayan Muna Rep. Isagani Carlos Zarate said.
“There is only one truth and the rest will be lies. President Aquino has previously displayed his propensity for lying about the Mamasapano debacle,” Zarate said.
“He lied about the big role played by his friend General Allan Purisima; he lied when he claimed that the intelligence information on the presence of Marwan in the country came solely from the PNP. “Later, the twisted lies of the President were unraveled to cover up his big culpability and the US participation in the bungled operation. The US, which invested heavily in the capture of Marwan, had obviously played a key role in Oplan Exodus from planning to execution.”
Zarate made his statement even as Malacañang slammed Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for allegedly politicizing the Mamasapano tragedy.
“What is Bongbong Marcos doing? He is politicizing an issue that shouldn’t be politicized,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda told reporters.
“There are already a lot of politicians who have politicized the Mamasapano issue. They say there is an alternative version, and that is being validated. Let us not politicize this issue. Let’s wait for the validation that is forthcoming.”
Meanwhile, Marcos on Tuesday rejected the proposals to reopen the Senate’s investigation of the Mamasapano debacle following the “alternative version” being floated by Aquino.
He said he would only agree to any reopening of the Senate probe on the basis of new information.
“I haven’t seen any report indicating there is new information,” Marcos said.
Zarate said that, in his bid to shield the big US role in the Mamasapano debacle, President Aquino’s “alternative truth” would sink him in a quicksand of lies.
“President Aquino’s attempt to create his self-serving alternative truth has happened before,” Zarate said.
“Even prior to the creation of a credible and independent investigating body, Aquino had already jumped the gun, making his own investigation on the bloody Mamasapano operations. This ‘alternative truth’ of Malacañang is another attempt at whitewashing and removing the accountabilities of President Aquino and the US in this debacle.
“Justice for the SAF 44, the civilians and MILF combatants killed in this suicide mission will not be achieved until President Aquino and the US are made accountable for Oplan Exodus.”
Zarate said the truth had been obvious to the Filipino people for a long time.
“The truth is, President Aquino was willing to sacrifice the lives of 400 of his own troops, not to mention the other people caught in the crossfire, just to kowtow to the so-called US war on terror,” Zarate said referring to the 392 SAF troopers who were deployed to carry out the mission.
“He gave the go-signal for a plan that was doomed from the beginning. The casualties in the Mamasapano bloodbath were sacrificial lambs to President Aquino’s servility to the United States’ war on terror.” With Sandy Araneta and Macon Ramos-Araneta