PNoy to address nation at 6:30 pm

3 years ago

President Aquino is set to address the nation today, Friday, at 6:30 p.m., Malacanang announced.

The announcement comes more than a week after the President made a televised address on the mission of Special Action Force troopers to take out Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25. A total of 44 elite police commandos were killed in the operation.

President Aquino admitted prior knowledge of the SAF operation but blamed suspended SAF chief Getulio Napenas for failing to coordinate with the military about the operation.

Napenas later said he was reporting directly to suspended Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima about the operation. He said he did not coordinate wit the military about the operation since previous plans to take out Marwan with the help of the military fizzled out.