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Ex-SAF chief Napeñas hits Aquino for blaming him on Mamasapano

Unisan, Quezon — "Wala kang bayag (You have no balls)."

This is what senatorial candidate and former PNP Special Action Force chief Getulio Napeñas has been wanting to tell President Benigno Aquino III.

In his speech during a proclamation rally here, Napeñas scored Aquino for pinning him down on the 2015 Mamasapano incident. The retired general is running for senator under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance.

"Wala kang bayag. Hindi tama na ilaglag mo ako," he said.

[Read: AFP pins blame on Napeñas for Mamasapano debacle]

Napeñas, a two-star police general, was commander of the PNP elite unit that was tasked to carry out Oplan Exodus or the mission to capture or "neutralize" suspected Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Abdhir, alias Marwan. The operation led to the deaths of 44 members of the SAF, 18 from Moro Islamic Liberation Front and five from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and several civilians. Marwan was also killed in the incident that drew a political firestorm in its aftermath.

Napeñas, who was relieved from his post and was placed on 'floating' status until his retirement,lamented the removal of the benefits he was supposed to receive as a police retiree as a result of the Ombudsman case filed against him.

"Maliit lang na halaga pero masakit sa akin yun. Ilalaban ko yan sa kadulu-duluhan," he said.

He added that as of present he has yet to receive the Ombudsman resolution.

He reiterated that he did not break the chain of command because it was President Aquino who made the order through then suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima.

"Nag-break ba ako ng chain of command? Hindi, dahil siya ang nag-utos sa akin. Bakit hindi ako nag coordinate? Dahil wala sa protocol na ako ang mag-coordinate. Ang dapat makipag usap sa military ay siya, si Purisima, o si PNP acting chief Leonardo Espina," he said.

[Read: PNoy: Napenas ordered to coordinate with AFP days before Mamasapano mission

"Paano ako nagkaroon ng usurpation of authority e Pangulo ang nag-uutos.

Pinayagan ko daw ang sarili na ma-induce ni Gen Purisima. E siya ang nag uutos thru Gen Purisima. Sana kayo ang maghusga at mabigyang linaw ito.  Hindi ako bibitaw, ilalban ko ito hanggang sa huli," he added. — APG, GMA News