IT seems the ghosts of the past have come back to haunt former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Aquino was charged by the Ombudsman at the Sandiganbayan with one count each of graft and usurpation of official functions for allowing dismissed police chief Alan Purisima to oversee Oplan Exodus despite his suspension at the time.
This is the first time that Aquino is being held liable for the Mamasapano encounter which saw 44 Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) operatives lose their lives after a horrible encounter.
But I am disturbed that the charges filed against citizen Noynoy may be his ticket to escape justice, somehow seemingly watered down to make it look like justice is being served when, in fact, it is being used as a pivoting factor to make Aquino look like the less guilty one.
The original cases that were filed by the families of the SAF 44 were 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide, but they were dismissed, thus earning the ire of the families of the troops who died on that fateful day.
Then comes Senator Antonio Trillanes who rattles off with the silly notion that filing cases against the former President will set a “bad precedent” of holding presidents liable for any and all failed missions by the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Failure is not synonymous with failure due to criminal liability arising from Aquino bypassing the command out of his friendship and misplaced trust on Purisima. Trillanes should drill this into his coconut.
What a douchebag.
As what the Senate Committee on Public Order chairman Senator Grace Poe pointed out in the committee’s report: There was “inadequate Intelligence, poor planning and lack of coordination” which resulted in “fatal mistakes” that cost the lives of 44 SAF officers and five civilians and which gravely affected the peace process.
I believe that Aquino should be held responsible for this. He should not hurdle this horrible chapter in his administration with just a slap on the wrist like the P40,000 bail bond given him by the Sandiganbayan.