MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – On the eve of the second anniversary of the bungled Mamasapano operation, President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday dogged the past Aquino administration over the delayed justice for the 44 Special Action Forces (SAF) troopers killed in an encounter with Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters on January 25, 2015.
Speaking before the families of 39 slain SAF commandos held at the Palace’s Heroes Hall, the President said that there was a violation committed when the Aquino administration sent the elite police in an operation against high value targets.
Duterte pointed responsibility at NoyNoy Aquino, saying that the former president fed the SAF troopers “to the lion’s den to be eaten by death.”
Aquino vehemently denied the accusation. “There is absolutely no proof that the government or the rebels owned and operated a lion’s den. There simply are no lions in the Philippines to begin with, except perhaps in the zoo,” Aquino said.