Ousted Philippine National Police-Special Action Force Chief Dir. Getulio Napenas insists that his men were able to kill Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir, also known as Marwan.
During a press conference at Camp Crame, Napenas said that he’s willing to put his badge on the line if it wasn’t Marwan they killed during the encounter at Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
However, he also clarified that he was forced to speak up because of the multiple accusations that they lacked coordination which caused the death of his comrades.
The official said that though the operation failed and a lot of his men died, it was still considered “mission accomplished” because they were able to kill their target.
Authorities are currently conducting DNA testing on the fingernails from the body believed to be of Marwan which they were able to retrieve after the encounter ended.
He also insisted that all grid coordinates needed by the military so that they can locate and proceed to the 55th SAF company were sent through text message to PNP-OIC Leonardo Espina.
Espina then forwarded these grid coordinates to the military general present in the area, including Gen. Rustico Guerrero, Gen. Del Rosario and Gen. Talino of SAF.
The axed official mentioned that they chose to coordinate with the military while the clash was on-going because this was an option, as part of the procedure every time there’s an encounter.
The Mechanized Division of the Army and also its Division Reconnaisance Unit arrived at the area where the conflict was happening but they weren’t able to penetrate the said area immediately.
Napenas revealed that it took them eight times to try and launch an operation against Marwan, but all failed until SAF decided to go on their own.
The plans started rolling since December 2010 until December 2014, but all either failed of were pushed back due to different reasons.
But if there’s one thing that Napenas can prove was that all of these so-called plans, the PNP-SAF included the military in Maguindanao as support.
Meanwhile, Napenas’ report regarding Oplan Exodus didn’t reach President Benigno Aquino III.
The said operation only made it up to suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima.
Purisima advised him that he should just inform PNP-OIC Chief Espina regardin Oplan Exodus when their troops are already in the area and that he’s not authorized to inform DILG Secretary Mar Roxas as well.
Purisima’s role in the said operation is controversial since the official is supposedly suspended.
But Napenas defended Purisima stating that the former is the most reliable intel when it came to Marwan as he was the longest official who has knowledge of the said terrorist.