P-Noy can hardly escape his blatant responsibility in the Mamasapano massacre of 44 SAF commandos. But like what he did in the Luneta incident where several lives of Hongkong tourists were lost, P-Noy did not offer his apology over the debacle. And DOJ Secretary De Lima was quick to defend her master - Aquino - from his accountability in not following the "chain of command" for a sitting president to follow as according to De Lima it is only applicable to the military and not to the PNP because it is a civilian organization and therefore not required to follow the chain of command. But in a sweeping statement of FVR (Former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos), who minced no words in tossing the blame to Aquino for his accountability under the "chain of command" responsibility is that under FVR's executive order #226 which was enacted in 1995, the chain of command is not restricted to the military but is applicable to all government officials and employees, the PNP, the military, and all those covered by the Civil Service Commission (CSC). FVR said executive order 226 remains in full force and effect because it was not revoked, changed, nullified or set aside by any succeeding president after him.
Footnote: This comment came out in connection with a news item in The FREEMAN, entitled, The ultimate crumbling of the P-Noy presidency." It was written by Atty. JBJ. It came out on March 21, 2015.