“Every time that you went out of that room, I could see in your faces the—I cannot describe, ayokong insultuhin ko kayo but I could sense that something was really, really, really bad happened,” the president said.
President Rodrigo Duterte criticized former President Benigno Aquino III for his demeanor after the authorities learned that members of the Special Action Force were being killed by armed men in Mamasapano last 2015.
“Bakit? Patay na tapos may tanungin ka na isang general na anong dapat mong gawin kung nandoon ka? I was really, sorry to say, I’d be honest and you can criticize me for this or whatever, this is a democracy and you can also—I was really pissed off,” Duterte said.
Duterte recalled his meeting with Aquino, he said it annoyed him, prompting him to tell his aide Christopher “Bong” Go, now the Special Assistant to the President, to leave the conference.
Members of the SAF were killed after they swooped down on a bandit camp in Barangay Tukanalipao on January 25, 2015.