SAF General Napeñas: SAF troopers downed 250 Moro rebels

Philippine National Police Special Action Force Chief Police Director Getulio Napeñas Jr., relieved, told lawmakers during the Senate inquiry regarding the Mamasapano Operation that led to the neutralization of Marwan that the SAF troopers killed at least 250 Moro rebels from Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and other armed groups.

“They know what they’re doing and know what to do in times of adversity and hostility. Had it been otherwise, the combined force of the MILF and BIFF and other private armed groups would have not suffered at least 250 casualties in the midst of the firefight that took place almost the whole day,” Napeñas explained.

He said the number was based on the statement of troopers who survived in the operation. Napeñas said they consolidated the estimated number of rebels killed by each SAF team.

The relieved SAF chief noted that his men undergone rigorous preparation including live fire training prior to the actual mission belying reports that troopers were engaged in an unprepared mission. Napeñas also confirmed that resigned PNP chief Purisima gave the intelligence pockets for the January 25 operation last November 2014.

Napeñas also added that it is in the plan that Armed Forces of the Philippines will be informed after the mission’s jump off to avoid the operation from being compromised.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said eighteen of its fighters were killed while fourteen were injured.