Former President Benigno Aquino III plans to appeal Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales’ order to file criminal charges in opposition to him in reference to the 2015 Mamasapano tragedy.
Speaking on Aquino’s behalf, former deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte on Friday (July 14) confirmed receipt of the Ombudsman’s order.
“[He] is currently studying it with his lawyers, with the end view of filing a motion for reconsideration,” she mentioned in an announcement.
Valte mentioned an preliminary studying of the order “shows that there may have been a misappreciation of some facts surrounding the incident, leading to some erroneous conclusions.”
“He will seek to clarify the same through the motion for reconsideration,” she mentioned.
Morales has ordered the submitting of gradt and usurpation of authority charges in opposition to Aquino in reference to the botched “Oplan Exodus” in January 2015 that led to the deaths of 44 Special Action Force troopers in Mamasapano, Mindanao.
According to the Ombudsman, Aquino ought to be held criminally chargeable for the tragedy as a result of he allowed then-suspended Philippine National Police chied Alan Purisima to participate within the planning and working of the operation.
Morales cited the exchanges of textual content messages between Aquino and Purisima as proof that Purisima exercised a “degree of authority and discretion” over the opposite police officers concerned within the secret mission.
The Ombudsman mentioned Purisima couldn’t have participated in planning Oplan Exodus “were it not for the complicity and influence of President Aquino.”