President Benigno Aquino speech and address to the nation live stream: Purisima’s resignation and Mamasapano operation

President Benigno Aquino speech and address to the nation live stream: Purisima’s resignation and Mamasapano operation

Manila, Philippines – The controversy surrounding the Mamasapano “massacre” or “misencounter”, depending of perception, is not going away and the office of the President has a lot of explaining.

Tonight at 6:30 PM, President Benigno Aquino III will address the nation about the rumored resignation of suspended PNP Chief Director Alan Purisima who is being connected as the mastermind of the Mamasapano operation that killed 44 policemen from the Special Action Force (SAF).

The President is being dragged into knowing the operation as the commander-in-chief of the Republic of the Philippines. Though President Aquino already admitted that he knew about the operation but he was adamant to claim that he directly commanded it.

In tonight’s address to the nation, the President is expected to discussed the condition of suspended Philippine National Police Chief Director Purisima’s resignation.

It has been reported in the last 24 hours that Purisima tendered his resignation and that the President has accepted it. However, the Malacanang Palace is so silent about it and is not confirming about the acceptance of the resignation.

Purisima and Aquino is being criticized for the failed operation because it caused the death of 44 commandos in capturing well-known terrorists Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir a.k.a. Marwan and Filipino Basit Usman. Marwan was killed in the operation and it was confirmed by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation through DNA tests.

Many called the Mamasapano operation as successful because of the death of Marwan. However, on the other side of deeper thoughts, it was a blown up operation because of the collateral damage, 44 policemen died.

This was a costly operation and it would be unfathomable if Purisima really was accountable in the operation. Who gave the signal of the operation? Who planned the operation? Did the PNP has an exit plan that would not cause that many lives?

President Aquino speech to the nation live stream is available at gov.ph at exactly 6:30 PM Philippine Standard Time. President Aquino address to the nation on Purisima’s resignation tv channel is on ABS-CBN, TV5, ANC, GMANews, GMA.

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