A relative of one of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos killed in the Mamasapano operation felt insulted by President Aquino's answers and overall demeanor when he talked to the families last Wednesday.
Jennifer (not her real name), told ABS-CBN News in an exclusive interview that Aquino did not seem serious about his answers to the questions about the Mamasapano operation that targeted Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan.
Relatives of the SAF commandos went to Camp Crame on Wednesday to submit the necessary documents for their benefits.
Each family is set to receive P250,000 from Malacanang, special financial assistance from the Philippine National Police, a P1.1 million pension and other benefits.
During the gathering, President Aquino and other government officials discussed with the families the benefits they will receive, including financial support from private companies.
Jennifer said they were offended about the President's replies.
"Yung isa sa kasamahan namin nagtanong about kung bakit hindi nagpadala ng airstrike, sabi ni PNoy: 'Naglalaro ka ba ng computer?' Syempre na-offend kami kasi inaasahan namin na sagot niya is either opinion niya or basta yung totoo," she said.
She said, at certain times, the President was laughing even as the relatives of the Fallen 44 asked for direct answers on who ordered the operation and why so many died.
"Sa maraming questions ng mga kasamahan namin, sasabihin niya: 'Tignan mo kung namumula ang mukha ko?' Ano yun? Natatawa siya. Nakakabastos kasi yung sagot na gusto namin, hindi niya masabi. Tumatawa siya habang sinasagot ang mga tanong namin," she said.
She said several of the families asked Aquino who should be blamed for the Mamasapano operation.
"Diretsong sinabi ni PNoy na 'Sino pa eh di si [relieved SAF director Getulio] Napenas kasi siya yung nagplano dito.' Sabi tuloy ng isang kasamahan namin: 'Kung si Napenas ang may kasalanan, puede bang bitayin nalang natin?'"
Jennifer said it is impossible for the President not to know about the operation in Mamasapano. The Senate inquiry earlier showed the President was briefed about the operation by both suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima and Napenas last January 9 in Malacanang.
It was during this meeting that Purisima told Napenas not to inform Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP OIC Leonardo Espina about the operation until it was already launched.
Quoting sources, a Philippine Star report also said Purisima was updating the President about the Mamasapano operation as early as 5 a.m. on January 25, the day it was launched.
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