Former President Benigno Aquino III ought to face and reply the charges being hurled at him in his dealing with of the botched Mamasapano operation, if solely to present closure to the households of the fallen 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF), Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito mentioned Sunday.
“Sa akin, kailangan talaga magkaroon ng closure na rin dahil syempre, we need to give justice doon sa pagkamatay ng gallant SAF 44. Siguro bigyan na rin natin, hindi naman sa pinag-iinitan o tinutumbok si Pangulong Aquino, pero may sinasabing command responsibility at bahala na siguro ang husgado o korte kung anuman ang magiging kapasyahan. At least mabigyan din sya ng pagkakataon na linisin ang kanyang pangalan kung saka-sakali,” he mentioned.
It would have been simpler for the households of the fallen SAF members to settle for their destiny had Aquino assumed command accountability slightly than washed his palms on no matter gaffe dedicated by his subordinates that resulted within the bloody death of the 44 police commandos, Ejercito mentioned.
“Kung hinarap lang ito, kung inako ang responsibilidad bilang Commander in Chief, palagay ko mas naging magaang sa pamilya ng SAF 44 at sa lahat, sa buong bayan dahil talagang kahit hindi ako kapamilya, talagang lahat tayo naapektuhan. Masakit eh para sa akin ‘yung
nangyari sa SAF 44. We need to give justice additionally to the death of gallant 44,” he mentioned.
Aquino is dealing with prison trial over the mentioned incident following a suggestion late final week by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to have him charged with usurpation of authority and violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act.
Also included within the charges had been former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan Purisima and former SAF Dir. Getulio Napenas.
“Hayaan na lang ang korte na mabigyan ng pagkakataon si Pang. Aquino, si Purisima, at Napenas at lahat ng opisyal na linisin ang kanilang pangalan kung saka-sakali at malaman ng korte na magpapasya kung sino talaga ang may sala at wala,” Ejercito mentioned.