Juan Ponce Enrile on Saturday described outgoing president Benigno Aquino III as the worst president of the Philippines ever seated.
Enrile spoke in a media forum where he assessed the ‘Oplan Exodus’ or the police mission that resulted in the Mamasapano encounter last January 2015.
The mission’s error could be entirely blamed at the commander-in-chief of the country according to Enrile.
“Yung mga sundalo (those soldiers), theirs is not to reason why, theirs is just to do and die… Who can defy a president? In this country, a president is the precipatory power. He is the head of state, head of government, chief executive, commander in chief, and the top policeman,” Enrile told reporters in a media forum.
“Sabi ni (Justice Secretary Leila) de Lima, walang command chain ang police. Paano aandar yung kapulisan kung walang command chain (how will the police force work if there’s no such command chain)? The command chain is from the chief executive,” he stated.
As a background, Enrile was served as defense secretary during the term of Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and the Corazon Aquino regime.
“I measure him, he’s the worst president this country ever had,” he added.
“He is the one guilty,” Enrile later stressed.
“Sinasabi ninyo tanga si Napeñas (Special Action Force commander Getulio Napeñas). Ipagpalagay nating tanga, pero sino ang mas tanga? Yung inutusan na tanga or yung nag-utos ng tanga?” Enrile said.
(You are all saying that Napeñas is stupid. Let’s suppose he’s really stupid, but who’s worst? The one who was summoned or the one who commmanded?)
“The president can use the power of being the king, the head of state… he is the only one who can save anybody in this country. He can pardon you… he can use the powers of the police or the military to save your life if necessary,” Enrile said.
“Ang narinig ko na lang na sinabi, okay, be calm, keep your head. ‘Di natin pababayaan ang tropa natin- patay nang lahat sila nung sinabi ‘yun,” he stated.
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