Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has expressed approval to the choice of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales to indict former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III over his legal responsibility within the Mamasapano bloodbath.
“It’s a welcome development,” stated Aguirre.
On Friday (July 14), Morales, who received appointed to her post by Aquino, issued a decision which discovered possible trigger to indict the previous chief govt of Usurpation of Authority (Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code) and violation of Section three(a) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019).
Morales additionally named as his co-accused former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima and former Special Action Force (SAF) Director Getulio Napeñas.
Aguirre is the lawyer and relative of Napenas.
The case stemmed from the January 2015 Oplan Exodus operation which concerned the deployment of round 400 SAF commandos to Mamasapano, Maguindanao to serve standing warrants of arrest in opposition to internationally-wanted terrorists, Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan and Ahmad Akmad Uson in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. In the following firefight that lasted for a number of hours, 44 SAF troopers died within the line of responsibility.
In her decision, Morales stated “there is no gainsaying that President Aquino was fully aware that the Office of the Ombudsman had placed Purisima under preventive suspension at that time [for the anomalous Werfest deal].”
The Ombudsman defined “certainly a public officer who is under preventive suspension in barred from performing any public functions and from meddling into the affairs of the government.”
“In other words, Purisima would not have been placed in such a position of continuing to conduct himself, in relation to Oplan Exodus, in a manner as if he was not under preventive suspension at that time, from his position as PNP chief, were it not for the complicity and influence of President Aquino,” she dominated.