Former Air Force Pilot Shares Frustrations on Mamasapano Incident After Two Years of Keeping Silent

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A retired official of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) former General Romeo Poquiz shared his frustrations on social media after two years of keeping himself silent with the issue. The retired Air Force General still raging over the betrayal of those who didn’t lift a finger to save the SAF44.

Gen. Romeo Poquiz who made a name for himself during the Duterte presidential campaign because of his revelations on why Mayor Duterte is indeed a real patriot as he shared his experience working with the former Mayor of Davao City.

The retired Air Force General shared his solidarity with the families of the SAF44 victims as he bents on his frustrations and outrage on the Mamasapano incident which until now nobody was punished as former Pres. Aquino blamed SAF Chief Napenas as the culprit of the incident.

According to the retired General there are two reasons why he cannot anymore contain his outrage on the Mamasapano incident, because there were PAF helicopters and close air support aircraft in Zamboanga and Davao on that day yet not a single aircraft flew to support the SAF. The reason is that the Air Force commanders said there was no order for them to dispatch the aircraft.

The veteran pilot also pointed out the reasons why there was no artillery support on the operation despite the please of the police commanders and the reason is that there was no prior coordination and the coordinates where not given despite the fact that encounter was already engaged for 12 hours.

Here’s the Complete Statement of Former Air Force 

For
2 years, I kept my outrage to myself on the Mamasapano incident. With
nobody punished on its 2nd year anniversary today, however, I cannot
anymore contain my outrage I have to publicly speak up.

As a
former Air Force helicopter pilot deployed in the field, my crew and I
were always on the alert. When calls for air support from engaged Army
or Marine ground forces were received, we were up in the air in no time
at all and delivered the required assistance – be it aerial fire support
or close air support, medical or casualty evacuation, food or ammo
resupply, transport of reinforcement troops, etc. 

We did these to the
ground troops despite them coming from different branches of service. We
did these even if we sometimes have to violate Air Force regulations
such as flying at night, during inclement weather, flying without a
buddy aircraft, extremely dangerous combat situations, etc. 

We did these
even when there were no prior coordination to us by the ground troops
on their operation, and we had to improvise in order to locate them to
support them. We did these even when there were no orders yet from air
force commanders for us to fly and conduct the missions. We did these
again and again even if our helicopters were riddled with bullet holes
after every mission. 

These are the reasons why I cannot anymore
contain my outrage on the Mamasapano incident where 44 precious lives of
soldiers /policemen comrades were lost. 

There were PAF
helicopters and close air support aircraft in Zamboanga and Davao on
that day yet not a single aircraft flew to support the SAF. Not even for
persuasion flights. Why? The Air Force commanders said there was no
order for them to dispatch the aircrafts. Bullshit! I would have hanged
myself if I was the Air Force commander. 


A US helicopter picked up the dead and wounded instead of a Philippine Air Force helicopter. Son of a gun!


The request for support by the SAF was not an ordinary request for
assistance. It was an S.O.S. It was for a rescue. The troops were
sitting ducks and were being slaughtered, some with their heads
decapitated – the massacres were even being witnessed live via US drone
monitor by a president at the 3rd Air Division headquarters in
Zamboanga City.

Why was there no artillery support given despite
the pleas of the police commanders? Because there was no prior
coordination on the operation and you were not given the exact grid
coordinates. Putangina! For 12 hours? You should have at least fired
blank artillery rounds, or fired white phosphorus on the long and wide
Mamasapano River, so that the dying troops may have at least thought
that they were supported before their last breath.

You did not
rescue the SAF troops, despite their dying pleas, because you did not
want to displease a president, who probably was on his lucid intervals,
and who salivated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Putangina pa rin! 

And you call yourselves commanders and commander-in-chief?
And you sleep soundly at night?

Maraming putangina!

Source: Romeo Poquiz FB Page
 

Ed Umbao

Founder of PhilNews.xyz | co-Founder of PhilNews.ph

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