HIGHLIGHTS: Aquino's message to the nation on PNP-SAF clash
MANILA, Philippines – On Friday, February 6, at 6:30 PM, President Benigno Aquino III addressed the nation on the operation that killed 44 elite cops in Maguindanao.
The national address was his second after the January 25 incident in Mamasapano town, as he accepted the resignation of suspended Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima.
Purisima has been under fire for allegedly ordering that the operation be kept secret from other concerned authorities until it was too late.
On Thursday, February 5, two senior government sources told Rappler that the President met with key Cabinet members and told them he has "accepted the resignation" of Purisima. One of the sources added, the President also said he would make that announcement on Friday, February 6.
But Purisima, through his lawyer Kristoffer Purisima, denied submitting any resignation letter. PNP Spokesperson Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr said on Friday that the PNP had no information on Purisima's reported resignation.
Watch the President's message here. – Rappler.com