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NO APOLOGIES FROM AQUINO ON MAMASAPANO
President Benigno Aquino explains himself again in the botched Mamasapano operation that left 44 elite cops dead.
He says he feels responsible but in the end does not make an outright apology. Aquino explains in detail his side of the Mamasapano debacle at the graduation of cadets from the Philippine National Police Academy.
He says it would be the last time he would do so.
BENIGNO AQUINO, PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT: Uulitin ko po sa inyo: Bilang Pangulo, pasan ko ang responsibilidad para sa anumang resulta, sa anumang tagumpay, pasakit, o trahedya, na maaari nating matamasa sa paghahangad ng pangmatagalang seguridad at kapayapaan.
(Today, I say this once more: As President, I am fully responsible for any result—any triumph, any suffering, and any tragedy—that may be borne of our desire for lasting security and peace.)
Aquino – in contrast to earlier pronouncements – adopts a contrite tone as he appealed for understanding.
BENIGNO AQUINO, PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT: Ang magagawa ko na lamang matapos masabi ang lahat ng dapat sabihin at magawa ang lahat ng dapat gawin: Humingi po ng pang-unawa.
(All I can do, after saying all that must be said, and after doing all that must be done, is to ask for your deep understanding.)
BENIGNO AQUINO, PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT: Gaano man katindi ang galit ko sa ginawang pagsuway sa ibinigay kong utos, gaano man ang pagsisisi ko sa pagtitiwala sa mga taong itinago sa akin ang totoo, hindi ko mabubura ang katotohanan: Patay na ang 44 na miyembro ng ating kapulisan. At nangyari ito sa panahon ng aking panunungkulan. Dadalhin ko—at uulitin ko po—dadalhin ko ang katotohanang ito hanggang sa aking mismong libingan.
(Regardless of my anger for the disregard for the orders I gave, regardless of my regret for trusting people who concealed the truth from me, I can never erase the fact: 44 members of our police force are dead. And this happened under my term. Let me stress it: I will bear this basic truth with me to my grave.)
This time, President Aquino did blame anyone in particular, but asks people to put themselves in his shoes.
BENIGNO AQUINO III, PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT: Ang sa akin lang po, subukan rin sana ninyong ilagay ang sarili ninyo sa sitwasyon ko. Kung sa umaga pa lang nauna akong pinadalhan ng mensahe tinapat na ako at sinabing, sir, nagigipit na kami
(My appeal is this: Try to put yourselves in my situation. If I had been honestly told on the morning of the incident: 'Sir, we are at a disadvantage’) BENIGNO AQUINO III, PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT: Kung nalaman ko ito agad, sa tingin niyo ba hindi ako gagawa ng paraan para tulungan ang ating hanay?
(If I had known this immediately, do you think I would have missed the chance to help our men?)
President Aquino explains he may be the President, but he is also human.
BENIGNO AQUINO III, PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT: Bilang Pangulo, napakaraming usapin ang kailangan kong tutukan nang sabay-sabay, na kailangan ng agarang tugon at pagdedesisyon. Responsibilidad ko ang 100 milyong Pilipino sa loob at labas ng ating bansa. Opo, ako ang Pangulo, pero tao rin ako.
(As President, I have to attend to so many matters, all at the same time, all requiring an immediate response and decision from me. I am responsible for the 100 million Filipinos here at home and abroad. Yes, I am the President, but I am also human.)
AQUINO BIGGEST LOSER IN MAMASAPANO DEBACLE – POLL
In the latest Pulse Asia survey President Aquino suffers the greatest drop in public trust and performance ratings in the aftermath of Mamasapano.
President Aquino drops in approval ratings from 59% in November 2014 to 38% in March 2015, placing him third among top national officials.
This is his lowest rank.
Senate President Franklin Drilon topped public approval rankings for the first time with 49%, followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay with 46%.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was at fourth place with 29%, while Speaker Feliciano Belmonte was at the last spot with 27%.
The survey was conducted from March 1-7 as the death of the SAF44 topped headlines.
LRT-MRT AUTOMATED TICKETING SYSTEM STARTS MAY
The automated fare collection system for the Light Rail Transit or LRT and Metro Rail Transit or MRT lines will go live in May.
Old magnetic tickets would be decommissioned, to be replaced with contactless-based smart card technology.
A centralized back officer will also be put up to apportion the revenues.
Work is in full swing to replace ticketing infrastructure at LRT2 and the MRT 3, where new gates are being installed at the Santolan station.
PILOT 'LOCKED OUT' OF COCKPIT BEFORE GERMANWINGS CRASH – REPORTS
Blackbox recordings reveal one of the pilots of the plane that crashed in France was locked out of the cockpit before the Airbus descended and was not able to get back.
A report from the New York Times says recordings from the recovered cockpit voice recorder or CVR show, one of the Germanwings pilots left the cockpit in the early stages of flight but was not able to re-enter.
Times adds, there is no indication as to what happened to the pilot that was left inside but the CVR recording tells investigators "the other pilot is alone and does not open the door" at the moment of the crash.
PACQUIAO VS MAYWEATHER TO BE TELEVISED BY GMA, ABS-CBN AND TV5
Solar Sports announced Thursday the May 2 mega fight will be televised on the 3 major networks in the Philippines - GMA-7, ABS-CBN and TV5 on a delayed basis.
Solar, who won the Philippine broadcast rights for the sum of $10 million announces the fight will air live on pay-per-view through Cignal and Sky Cable for 2,000 PHP per unit.
Aside from the free-to-air coverage for ABS-CBN, GMA-7 and TV5 it will be aired on cable via Solar Sports.
GMA will be the exclusive radio blow-by-blow broadcaster.
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