Former President Benigno Aquino III, photo from INQUIRER
In March of 2015, barely two months after the Mamasapano massacre, President Benigno Aquino III admitted that his phone was off during the day PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) officers died in their operation.

Thus, during the major police operation against high-profile terrorists, the Commander-in-Chief cannot be reached.

Aquino admitted this duringa prayer gathering with Christian groups.

“Aminin ko, nakapatay ‘yung telepono ko. 7:00 more or less ‘nung pagbangon (ko) binuksan,” Aquino said.

 Secretary Edwin Lacierda when asked as to why his phone was off, replied via text message, “I don’t understand your question. It is normal for anyone to turn off their phone when they go to sleep.”

He also admitted that Aquino knew about the window of the operation.

Lacierda said it is normal for any person to turn off his phone when he goes to sleep, “as any normal person would do to get a good rest.”

He further said that like in previous administrations, there were “protocols in place when urgent info is required to reach the President” even late at night.

Aquino admitted that he only received by 7 am, the text message by then-suspended PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima providing updates which he sent at 5:45 am.

A transcript of the conversation presented before the Senate confirmed that Purisima did inform Aquino of the operation.

Aquino received the text at 7:36 am, which informed him that Marwan was killed during the mission, and that SAF troopers were already at the “withdrawal phase.”

When Aquino was finally able to reply, the troops were already in a firefight with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

Forty-four police Special Armed Forces, 18 MILF men and at least five civilians passed away in the operation.


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