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Philippine president says police chief has resigned, should have stopped deadly terror raid

  • Philippine President Benigno Aquino III gestures shortly after addressing the nation in a live broadcast Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 from Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, on the botched police operation Jan. 25 to capture a terrorist that resulted in the killing of 44 elite police commandos in southern Philippines. Aquino said he has accepted the resignation of the national police chief Gen. Alan Purisima following the killing of 44 police commandos in the assault which reportedly killed Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan, one of Asia's most-wanted terror suspects. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino III gestures shortly after addressing the nation in a live broadcast Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 from Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, on the botched police operation Jan. 25 to capture a terrorist that resulted in the killing of 44 elite police commandos in southern Philippines. Aquino said he has accepted the resignation of the national police chief Gen. Alan Purisima following the killing of 44 police commandos in the assault which reportedly killed Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan, one of Asia's most-wanted terror suspects. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters display their messages during a rally near the Presidential Palace to coincide with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III addressing the nation in a live broadcast Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Aquino III said he has accepted the resignation of the national police chief Gen. Alan Purisima following the killing of 44 police commandos in a Jan. 25 assault which reportedly killed Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan, one of Asia's most-wanted terror suspects.  (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Protesters display their messages during a rally near the Presidential Palace to coincide with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III addressing the nation in a live broadcast Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Aquino III said he has accepted the resignation of the national police chief Gen. Alan Purisima following the killing of 44 police commandos in a Jan. 25 assault which reportedly killed Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan, one of Asia's most-wanted terror suspects. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

The Philippine president says he has accepted the resignation of the national police chief following the killing of 44 police commandos in a Jan. 25 assault which reportedly killed one of Asia's most-wanted terror suspects.

President Benigno Aquino III said in a nationally televised statement that Gen. Alan Purisima participating in planning the raid but it should have been aborted because of potentially deadly defects.

An anti-graft court had suspended Purisima last December for six months in a case unrelated to the anti-terror operation.

The FBI has reported that preliminary results of DNA tests showed a man killed by the commandos was the target of the operation, suspected Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan.