MANILA- No apologies, but more explanations. President Benigno Aquino III has still no plans to apologize over the Mamasapano incident which resulted to the d***h of 60 people including 44 policemen last January. However, he is continuously explaining the incident to the Filipino people, according to the Palace.
Interaksyon reports that Abigal Valte, deputy presidential spokesperson, said Aquino has still yet to discuss any plan on the formal public apology. She recalled that her previous discussions with the president has not come up whether he will apologize or what are his thoughts about the issue.
In the past weeks, various sectors and politicians have demanded for Aquino’s public apology, even his resignation. Senator Grace Poe, after presenting the result of the Senate inquiry suggested Aquino should make an apology for what happened in Mamasapano. Former President Fidel Ramos, in a press conference on Wednesday, said that asking for forgiveness will do 90 percent of the job of appeasing the anger of the people over the Mamasapano.
However, Valte insisted that the president was misinformed by police authorities about the fatal Oplan Exodus. She reiterated that the Mamasapano’s failure was the fault of Purisima and the fired SAF commander Getulio Napenas.
Valte added that Aquino did not violate the PNP chain of command, claiming that he was aware of the hierarchy through his ‘explicit instructions’ to not just inform but to brief acting PNP chief Leonardo Espina, who had no idea of the mission until it was being implemented.
Valte said the Palace expects cases to be filed against Aquino once he steps down but that doesn’t mean the cases will prosper. She added that for Aquino, the hard work will continue to be done and the issue on the January 25 clash is not the only issue to be addressed but other pressing issues that require presidential attention.
The presidential spokesperson said that even before January 25, Aquino was aware that he may be making decisions that will not please people.