Senate Hearing Update: Alan Purisima and the Case of the Misinterpreted Text Messages

Oh no, this looks D:


( Things took a turn for the weird on Monday during the Senate hearing on the Mamasapano "Misencounter" when former Special Action Force Chief Director Getulio Napeñas Jr. admitted that it was Alan Purisima who gave the operation the go-signal via text message.


Senator Franklin Drilon read an exchange via SMS between Napeñas and Purisima from January 13 and, upon reading the words "for your consideration and approval" addressed to the latter, observed that the nature of the messages between the two is in direct contradiction to the Purisima’s earlier statements that he wasn’t giving orders. Awkward.


Aside from this, Senator Chiz Escudero grilled Purisima on the strange SMS exchange he had with HEBSA III or His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III:


Screencap of transcript from GMA News


Purisima seems to have also been in contact with Western Mindanao Command Chief Lieutenant General Rustico Guerrero...who said that what he told Purisima was that there were reinforcements available for the SAF troopers, not that they were already in the act of supporting.


To quote Guerrero, "Hindi ko po sinasabing pumuputok na ang artillery at pumuputok na ang tanke. Ito ay call ng ground commander. Ang sinasabi ko ’eto ang available sa area kasi ngayon lang kayo nagsabi. Kung nagsabi kayo, I could have deployed air assets the day before."


Purisima said he had a different interpretation of the message, which Senator Escudero described as a costly mistake.

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