SOLGen wants Aquino et al., to be charged with reckless imprudence for the death of the SAFs 44 in Mamasapano

SOLGen wants Aquino et al., to be charged with reckless imprudence for the death of the SAFs 44 in Mamasapano

The ghost of the administration past is coming back to haunt them.

The gruesome death of the Philippine National Police elite Special Action Forces (SAF) in Mamasapano will go down in Philippine history as the worst police operation that led to the death of 44 brave Filipino policemen.

Former President Benigno Aquino III has been charged of usurpation of authority and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in connection with the deaths of 44 members of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) Special Action Forces, known as the SAF 44, on Jan. 25, 2015. Co accused, in that case is former SAF Commander Getulio Napeñas Jr. The Ombudsman in November of last year filed charges against Aquino for allowing Purisima to play a major role in the Mamasapano operation while under preventive suspension.The former President posted a P40,000 bail to secure his provisional liberty.  *
Former President Benigno Aquino III, wearing a black armband during the offering of prayers for the 44 SAF members that was killed last January 25, 2015 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao

The Office of the Solicitor General  under the leadership of  Jose Calida has asked the Dupreme Court to order the Office of the Ombudsman to file 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide charges against former President Benigno Aquino III and former police officials over the bloody Mamasapano clash of 2015.

The operation which resulted to the death of over 60 individuals, including the 44 members of the PNP’s elite SAF unit, the OSG filed a 45-page manifestation asking the Ombudsman to reverse its earlier ruling that junked the reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide case against Aquino, former national police chief Alan Purisima and former SAF director Getulio Napeñas.

It may be recalled that the Ombudsman dismissed the the reckless imprudence complaint the Volunteers against Crime and Corruption filed against Aquino. And instead charged the President for "acting, as such, in conspiracy," with Purisima, then suspended as Philippine National Police director general, in Oplan Exodus. And last November of 2017, the former President was officially charged with graft and usurpation of authority charges by the Ombudsman.

Solicitor General Jose Calida said that : "Respondents' liability is grounded on the faulty planning and execution of Oplan Exodus. This is regardless of the presence of the hostile forces in the battle ground. What defines their error, therefore, is their inexcusable lack of precaution."  *

The SolGen also added that Aquino is liable for the deaths of the 44 police officers as he had "full knowledge on the details of Oplan Exodus" and, as commander-in-chief, "acted with inexcusable negligence, which was the direct proximate cause in the massacre of SAF 44."

As for Purisima, the SolGen argued that he is accountable for the deaths as he, too, was an active participant in the "flawed planning and execution" of Oplan Exodus.

Napeñas should be held liable for reckless imprudence, as he as he assumed full responsibility and liability of the effects of complying with the orders of Purisima, who was then suspended., Calida said.
Report from PhilStar


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