Charges, much more severe than graft and usurpation of authority, ought to have been filed by the Office of the Ombudsman towards former President Benigno Aquino III for his alleged mishandling of the botched anti-terror raid in Mamasapano.
“Kung ako tatanungin mo, without going to the Ombudsman, I would have filed graver charges. ‘Yan ang talagang clearly multiple homicide to reckless imprudence. Siya ang in charge eh, command responsibility. At nanonood sila,” Sen. Richard Gordon mentioned Sunday in a radio interview.
The senator was referring to reviews that Aquino was alleged to have been monitoring the scenario from Zamboanga City the place he flew in on the day of the mentioned operation in Mamasapano, in the guise supposedly of inspecting a bombing incident.
Aquino claimed that former Special Action Force (SAF) Dir. Getulio Napenas was instructed by him to coordinate with the navy for armor, artillery, air and troop help in the occasion that it will likely be wanted.
But Napenas alleged to have knowledgeable the AFP concerning the mission solely when the SAF raid was already below method, not days earlier than as supposedly instructed by Aquino, to present the navy time to arrange.
“Ready or not the AFP is a ready machine. Pag may away, darating ang AFP, andun na sila, nakapwesto na sila dun, dapat alert sila. Isisisi kay Napenas kesyo nagsinungaling daw sa kanya. Aba’y hindi dapat alam mo yan, ikaw ang commander in chief. Anong back up kung halimbawa nagkamali yan, nagkagulo, ano back up ng pulis, dapat inisip mo yan. Para kang tatay na nagsasabi sa mga anak mo ng mga dapat gawin,” Gordon defined.
The senator mentioned he can’t assist however initially suspect that the Ombudsman has been, from the very begin, attempting to water down the charges which might result in its dismissal.
“(Kaya) ako gusto kong buksan yang Mamamasapano case. Bakit ba pagka ganun na malalaking tao na involved eh medyo nag aagam agam na lumabas ang katotohanan?” he requested.