Roxas wasted lives of 44 SAF Commandos for nothing - Duterte

Roxas wasted lives of 44 SAF Commandos for nothing - Duterte




President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in one of the campaign rally of the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino- Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN) in Tuguegarao city, Cagayan recalled the Mamasapano 44 and implicated the role of the former interior secretary Mar Roxas regarding the death of the Philippine National Police (PNP) –Special Action Force (SAF) that were deployed in the operation against high-profile terrorists.
Duterte said Roxas, who was he interior secretary under the Aquino administration when the bloody massacre happened, could not explain why members of the Special Action Force (SAF) were deployed in the operation against high-profile terrorists. 
The Chief executive said SAF troopers were trained in urban warfare and were not familiar with the topography of Maguindanao. 

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“(Roxas) wasted 44 lives for nothing. They could not even explain... why it was the police who went there who were totally ignorant of the topography and the physical arrangement of the area,” Pres. Duterte said.
“Until now, he has not answered it. The 44 souls, most of them are Ilocanos... I want to ask him that question. Why deploy the policemen and why did you not let the Army given that the clash lasted for a day? Why was there no air support?” he added. 

The President said that voters should not put Mar Roxas name in the ballot for the list of senatorial candidates if they could come up with a good answer to his questions.
“Ako na mismo nagsasabi sa inyo ilagay ninyo itong p***** i** na ‘to (I myself would ask you to vote for this son of a b****),” the President said.

Forty-four SAF troopers entered the MILF stronghold and were killed in an encounter against extremists and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25, 2015.They were there to arrest wanted terrorists Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, and his Filipino lieutenant Basit Usman.Marwan was killed during the operation while Usman was killed in a different clash four months later.
The 44 SAF members were killed and the former officials then blamed the fact that there was lack of coordination between the government forces and the MILF.
Aquino was also blamed
Duterte also took the occasion to lash at former president Aquino,claiming  that Aquino had asked stupid questions during a command conference in Zamboanga while the Mamasapano clash was ongoing.
The said he was present during the command conference, which was also attended by Roxas and security officials. 
“The two, Roxas pati Aquino, kept on standing behind the stage. We were waiting. This is true. Ask the military. They kept on talking,” Duterte said. 

 
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