President Rodrigo Duterte blamed former president Benigno Aquino III for the death of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in the Mamasapano massacre in Maguindanao province two years ago.
Aquino “fed the policemen to the lion’s den,” a fuming mad Duterte said on Tuesday, January 24, in Malacanang, during a dialogue with the families of the slain elite police officers, on the eve of the second anniversary of the killing during an operation against international terrorist, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan.
“Sabihin mo sa Pilipino, sabihin mo sa akin kung paano ka nagkasala. At anong ginawa ninyo bakit you fed the soldiers to the lion’s den, to be eaten by death?” Duterte said in his speech.
Duterte said the Aquino administration has failed to put closure to the tragic incident.
The Mamasapano massacre is considered as the biggest single day lose to the Philipine National Police (PNP).
There are many “unanswered questions” left by the Aquino administration despite many investigations, said Duterte.
“I do not want to pick a fight at this time in my life but I want you to give a message that it happened during your time and there were a lot of investigations (at the House of Representatives and the Senate and the Office of the President). You could have completed the investigation,” he said.
We must address the issues and find the reasons why the Mamasapano massacre happened, said Duterte.
The family of the victims should get justice, he said.
“Otherwise, they will bring to their grave the hurt and agony that they have to endure losing a husband, a father or a brother,” Duterte added.
Duterte said to unravel the “unanswered questions” in the massacre, he would form a commission similar to the Agrava Commission that investigated the killing of Senator Benigno Aquino.