Bishop asks Aquino: Explain role in Mamasapano

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Bishop asks Aquino: Explain role in Mamasapano

A Philippine Catholic bishop, the head of a powerful bishops’ bloc, dared President Benigno Aquino III to explain his role in the police operation that led to the death of 44 members of an elite police force, 18 Muslim rebels, and at least 3 civilians in Maguindanao. CBCP president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas Villegas said, “The President and his advisers must give a full and satisfactory accounting of their actions in respect to this tragic loss.” Villegas also rejected “extra-constitutional measures” in the face of public outrage, after talks of coup plots surfaced.

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