Quotes of the Week: What You Missed in the Mamasapano Hearings
A special Senate Hearing Edition of your weekly sound bites
(SPOT.ph) There were a couple of hearings, both in Senate and Congress, about the clash in Mamasapano this week. Descriptions were thrown around: carnage, brutal, massacre, gruesome, etc. Everyone’s looking for the truth (which Chief Negotiator of Moro Islamic Liberation Front Mohagher Iqbal said will set us free), but just how many truths are there?
Here are the soundbites you might’ve missed on the Mamasapano Hearings.
1. "We seek for clear answers from the other party of the peace process. Ano ba itong overkill na ito na ginawa niyo sa mga tao ko?" - Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Director General Leonardo Espina, on the Mamasapano "Misencounter."
You can criticize whoever or whatever, but maybe we can all agree that the SAF Troopers did not deserve the brutality they experienced in Mamasapano.
2. "I am held accountable for the operation. That’s why I resigned." - Alan Purisima, on the Mamasapano "Misencounter."
Is it an admission of something, or just Purisima speaking for...who knows what or who now?
3. "Lahat naman po ng mga dapat ipahayag ng Pangulo hinggil sa mga kaganapan sa Mamasapano ay ipinahayag na niya sa tatlong talumpati. Lahat ng kanyang nalalaman at lahat ng sa kanyang pananaw ay dapat malaman ng mga mamamayan ay inihayag niya sa kanyang pagtatalumpati sa ating mga kababayan." - Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., relaying the President’s thoughts on the Mamasapano "Misencounter."
He doesn’t seem to know much then...but maybe that beats knowing too much about military operations.
4. "Those of us who had invested in working towards this peace, we are in a very difficult situation in trying to find the ways to move the process forward." - Senator Bongbong Marcos, on the fate of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
What’s that Francis Magalona quote going around? "You can’t talk peace and have a gun"?
5. "Wala namang mali kumuha ng payo o briefing o advice mula sa four-star general ng PNP, ordinaryong pulis maski pribadong mamamayan. There’s nothing illegal about that." - Senator Chiz Escudero, on Alan Purisima’s involvement in the operations to apprehend Marwan.
Not according to Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Who are we going to believe? Heart’s fiancé or her BFF?
6. "Alam mo may mga ibang panauhin tayo dito na nag-attend nga ng hearing, at least nag-attend ano, pero ang problema alam naman nating hindi buong katotohanan ang mga sinasabi." - Senator Grace Poe, referring to Alan Purisima.
It’s true. When pressed to clarify what she meant, she said, "Si General Purisima. Hindi ba merong mga hindi dun kapani-paniwala, halimbawa sa sabi nga nya it was just an advice not a command."
7. "We did not know that this was a big problem, because we did not even know that there was an operation going on at that time." - DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, answering Senator Nancy Binay’s questions about why he did not immediately inform the President.
The nation really, really wants to know why you weren’t informed about anything.
8. "Ang mga Moro hindi kaparte ng Pilipinas. Pagdating ng mga Kastila, hindi nasakop ang mga Moro." - Chief Negotiator of Moro Islamic Liberation Front Mohagher Iqbal.
Kay lalim ng hugot.
9. "The MILF missed [an] opportunity to show they can and will preserve peace in Mindanao." - Senator Tito Sotto, on the MILF’s actions in Mamasapano.
He made sense. There can be miracles. If you believe.
10. "We are showing the world the quality of our soldiers, but at the same [time], let us not show the world the quality of our weakness." - Senator Gringo Honasan, on the Mamasapano "Misencounter."
Art by Warren Espejo, with photos from PEP.ph and screenshots from Facebook fan pages, various TV show videos, news clips, and images used by fans in YouTube slideshows.