Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. answered the question of PNP-SAF Chief Supt. Noli Taliño during his eulogy for forty-four SAF troopers who were killed in action. “Is it worth 44 dead to get the one terrorist? That’s a very hard question. In my view, no,” the Senator said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel’s Mornings@ANC.
“We did not send in these SAF members knowing that they were all going to die as long as we have Marwan. The intention was to get Marwan and bring out as many of our people as possible hopefully without casualties. That is always the ideal. Minimal casualties, as few as possible,” Senator Marcos added.
“I think it was mission accomplished that, in a sense, that Marwan was neutralized. But again, was it a good mission? Because I don’t think you can classify a mission where 44 were gunned down, some of the bodies even mutilated, as a good mission.”
“I don’t think it was worth 44 lives,” he said.
Marcos earlier suspended “indefinitely all discussions and hearings related to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law until” the incident in Mamasapano was clarified. “We cannot, in conscience, proceed with these hearings while a cloud of serious doubt hangs over the security situation in the south.”