NOBODY wants to take the blame except President Noynoy for the mishandling of the latest hostage crisis at Rizal Park.
The ground commander, Chief Supt. Rodolfo Magtibay, merely went on leave meaning he could, he thought, reassume his old position at his own sweet time. He was moved to another post.
PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa is cutting short his retirement not because of the Quirino Grandstand massacre but because he wanted to give way to the other generals who might want to assume the position of chief PNP ahead of time.
Gen. Verzosa is not resigning because he could not be reached on the phone by his subordinates when he instead went to Mindanao at the height the crisis to join a seminar that did not materialize.
The Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. is not resigning because he had nothing to do with the crisis. He was supposed to be the “Little President” and head of the Cabinet.
Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, Secretaries Ricky Carandang and Herminio Coloma of the media communications group and Foreign Secretary Roberto Romulo are not resigning even if they failed to inform the President that the Hong Kong Chief Executive had been frantically wanted to talk to Noynoy about the tragedy.
The secretary of local government local government Jesse Robredo is not resigning and is, in fact, now a part of the investigating team of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
Robredo said he was not resigning because his only function is local governance as if it didn’t include Manila and the Quirino Grandstand siege.
The undersecretary of interior Rico Puno is not resigning because he is merely in charge of the police and to him the carnage became a police matter when all hell broke loose and he had nothing to do with it.
The finance secretary Cesar Purisima is not resigning because the Quirino Grandstand hostage crisis was an isolated case and would not affect the business climate which he said was strong and stable.
All of them are close personal friends of President Noy and have nry an intention to resign.
Poor Noynoy. With friends like them, who needs enemies?
Sen. Loren Legarda said heads must roll but President Noy earlier stated that he was taking the blame. How gallant of him, but can the same be said of the Cabinet members?
Legarda said President Noy should instead fire some these high officials. “It does not free up the government officials of their failure to do their responsibility in their jobs. Heads must roll.”
Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said Robredo must go despite being “out of the loop” during the crisis.
Pastor Apollo Quiboloy said “it is right that the President take responsibility for the hostage fiasco but by doing
so, he saved the necks of those directly responsible.”
Quiboloy said that the Aquino administration appeared to be “directionless.”