Roxas wasted 44 lives for nothing: Duterte

Security & Defense

President Rodrigo Duterte said during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN) Cagayan Campaign Rally in Tuguegarao City on April 16 that former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II wasted lives of 44 commandos of Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) who were part of the January 2015 Mamasapano operations.

“Tapos ibalik ninyo ‘to sa Senate? DILG? He wasted 44 lives for nothing,” President Duterte said. “They could not even explain while – why it was the police who went there who were totally ignorant of the topography and the physical arrangement sa bukid doon?”

“Ipinatawag kami doon sa command conference. Itong dalawang Roxas pati Aquino,” Duterte said.

“Sige sila salita, tapos tinanong ko ang ISAFP. Katabi ko ang ISAFP eh. Sabi ko, “Anong nangyari?” Sabi niya, “Sir, ubos talaga, sir. Nung pumasok, patay lahat.” “Oh, bakit? Walang reinforcement?” “Eh sir, walang order sir eh. Gusto namin pumunta doon, walang order”,” President Duterte added.


“Binabawalan talaga sila. Ngayon, anong klaseng transaction ‘yon? Bakit mo ginamit ang SAF na hindi naman sanay sa terrain sa – topography ng lugar kung paano ‘yung bukid malalim, saan ‘yung mga cave,” he said. “Ipinadala mo ‘yung mga pulis. Ang training niyan commando nga, Maynila lang. Bakit hindi mo inutusan ang mga sundalo diyan mismo sa harap ng Mamasapano? Kaya gusto kong tanungin si Roxas.”