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FVR tells PNoy to accept liability

 

Being a former president of the country, Fidel Ramos on Tuesday said President Aquino should face liability with the Maguindanao operation after breaking the chain of command.

Ramos, founder of the police Special Action Force, said he sees nothing wrong if the President consulted suspended Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima about the plan to capture Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias "Marwan."

But he said the President should have informed the PNP officer in charge and the Armed Forces chief of staff to carry out the chain of command.

"As commander in chief, not as President, yes, he broke the chain of command. He communicated with people not in the chain of command. As commander in chief, the secretaries of the departments are your alter egos but they are not in the chain of command. It is from him, chief of staff of the Armed Forces and then here the PNP…the two must be together in an operation as big as this one and they are joined together at one point, at the top, the commander in chief. There is a lapse there at the very top," he said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart.

When Ramos was asked if the President can be held liable for breaking the chain of command, he said: "Yes, in the sense that no one else could do the things that he is empowered to do under our Constitution. That liability cannot be passed on to a lower official or officer."

He cited that his responsibility is very important, and that he should be answering the lapses that happened.

The encounter resulted to deaths of 44 policemen and 12 others wounded in Mamasapano, Maguindanao during an operation to capture "high-value targets" Marwan and Basit Usman.

Earlier, President Aquino made an admission knowing about the police operation, however, he would not reveal who gave the go-signal for it.