Today is the national day of mourning for The Fallen 44.
Their heroic death will forever haunt P-Noy’s political image and peace of mind.
History will not be kind to him.
History will punish him.
Today, the Filipino people mourn two deaths: (a) the death of The Fallen 44 and (b) the death of P-Noy’s leadership.
Two questions bother the Filipinos:
1. DILG Sec. Mar Roxas and Acting PNP Chief Leonardo Espina were not informed or consulted during the planning and implementation phases of “Operation Wolverine”.
They were bypassed and ignored, apparently with the knowledge and consent of P-Noy and his Executive Secretary (who is the head of the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission [PACC]).
The question is: Will Roxas and Espina have the courage and dignity to resign from their posts to protest the irresponsible leadership of P-Noy and his Executive Secretary?
2. The in-house Board of Inquiry to be created by the Office of the President, the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the National Police Commission (Napolcom) is expected to be composed of loyal subordinates of the President and/or the Liberal Party picked from his Cabinet, the PNP, or the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Will the Board act with impartiality?
Will the Board have the courage to investigate, expose and oppose the direct or indirect liability and guilt of its Commander-in-Chief?
We pray for one thing: May the heroic death of The Fallen 44 not be exploited by warmongers in the Government, the Mass Media and the Military-Industrial Complex to kill the Peace Process in Mindanao.
Even the souls of The Fallen 44 would wish for peace in Mindanao.
Atty. Manuel J. Laserna Jr.
January 30, 2015
Las Pinas City