MANILA (Mabuhay) — Resigned PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima admitted Tuesday that he failed to inform PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina about the Mamasapano operation before its was launched.
During the resumption of the Senate probe on the bloody Mamasapano clash, Senate President Franklin Drilon asked Purisima if President Benigno Aquino III ordered him to inform Espina of the operation.
Purisima replied in the affirmative.
“I informed Police Deputy Director Espina on the morning of January 25. I confirmed that the order was given to me by the President,” he told the Senate panel.
Drilon then pointed out to him: “The order was given to you by the President but you only informed him (Espina) after the operation [was] already launched and in fact, andun na sa nagbabakbakan na ng alas-kwatro ng madaling araw ang tropa at saka si Marwan.”
Purisima, who is under suspension by the Ombudsman since December due to graft charges responded, “Yes, your honor.”
Drilon was referring to Oplan Exodus, an operation aimed at taking down Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and Filipino bomb-maker Basit Usman, which was conducted on January 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
Espina earlier said he was not aware that an operation against Marwan and Usman will be conducted.
The operation left 44 PNP-Special Action Force commandos and 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters dead. (MNS)