Aquino and the wounds of Mamasapano

MANILA, Philippines – It’s been one year since a controversial police operation that claimed the lives of more than 60 Filipinos and yet questions linger. Groups and personalities accuse President Benigno Aquino III of wrong doing while the administration and ruling party dismisses it as political propaganda.

On Monday, January 25, 2016, the one year mark of clashes in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao, Aquino faces the families of the 44 slain cops and promises justice even as he continues to hit its former chief. -


One year after a controversial police operation killed more than 60 people in Mamamsapano Maguindanao, newly sourced recordings, privileged information, and new evidence supposedly surface to warrant a new probe.

But when he faces families of the 44 elite cops slain during the operation and hand out posthumous medals, President benigno Aquino III makes no mention of these and instead vows justice for those killed.

He also hits commanders who — in his words — fell short in their duty, a barely veiled reference to former Special Action Force Chief Getulio Napeñas who Aquino says deceived him and failed to follow his orders to coordinate with the military.

BENIGNO AQUINO III, PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT: We call on Congress: Study the PNP Law and identify the provisions that prevent immediate sanctions for leaders who fall short of their duty. 

The Mamasapano clash is one of the biggest crises to hit the Aquino Administation. His approval rating fell in the face of allegations he mishandled the mission.

The ghosts of Mamasapano continue to haunt the president. Families of the slain demand answers to their questions and justice for their kin.

On January 27, four months before the elections, the Senate re-opens its probe into the ill-fated operation.

At least one senator says he has evidence to prove Aquino’s failure in saving the SAF 44.

But one fact does not change: On January 25, 2015...more than 60 Filipinos died in the fields of Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Bea Cupin, Rappler.