With the Mamasapano Massacre serving like the proverbial sword of Damocles barely hanging over the Aquino administration, made even more precarious by the reopening of the Senate inquiry into the case, former Senator Richard J. Gordon has expressed belief that Pres. Aquino should be charged for the carnage of 44 members of the Philippine National Police- Special Action Force.
Gordon, who is running for Senator in the forthcoming May 9 national and local elections, pointed out that Aquino took an oath to execute all laws in the land and to protect all Filipinos, including the members of the elite SAF who were sent to Mamasapano.
However, Aquino violated his oath when he failed to take positive action to stop the gun battle.
“Yes, dapat kasuhan kahit na sino dyan, lahat kasi di nila ginawa ang tungkulin nila. I, Benigno S. Aquino, do solemnly swear that I will execute all laws. Kailangang proteksyunan mo ang mga tao mo,” Gordon said.
The former senator disclosed that Aquino should have given instructions to coordinate with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to immediately put a halt to the hostilities.
“Ten hours nagbabakbakan doon. Hindi ka tumawag, hindi mo pinakiusapan ang MILF, “o itigil nyo na yan para magkaroon tayo ng peace dahil wala akong ihaharap sa Pilipinas kung di niyo tinigil yan. Pag hindi niyo tinigil iyan, bobombahin kayo ng helicopter, bobombahin kayo ng artillery dahil mga tao natin, kapatid natin lahat iyan. He should have done that. And now he cannot explain it. And dapat he should own up to it,” he said.
Gordon also stressed that Aquino’s decision to tap suspended police chief Alan Purisima to help plan out the operation to neutralize Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan was a violation of the law.
“Nagpadala ka ng pulis doon. Tapos alam mo, pinatawag mo pa yung meeting. Ginamit mo pa yung suspended officer. That’s practically usurping the powers of a regular police officer, bawal na yun,” he said.
Gordon, on several occasions, had successfully coordinated with the Abu Sayyaf to secure the safe release of hostages, including the three representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross who were kidnapped in Patikul, Sulu in 2009.