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Bugok! Duterte chides Morales for filing raps vs. Aquino that will fail

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A few hours after telling Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales to tame her tongue, President Rodrigo Duterte slammed her anew for filing “silly” charges against President Benigno Aquino III which he said are bound to fail.

Duterte said there was nothing wrong with Aquino’s decision to consult then-suspended Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima regarding “Oplan Exodus” because as commander in chief, he can ask help from anyone.

“He was just asking for the advice from a professional police. I do not see anything wrong there… Ngayon, kung sino ‘yung utusan niya wala kang pakialam because he has the trust,” the President told reporters Monday (July 17) after the ceremonial turnover of the draft of the new Bangsamoro basic law in Malacañang.

“The charges are — they are there to ensure its failure,” he said.

Morales has ordered the filing of graft and usurpation of authority charges against Aquino and Purisima in connection with the 2015 Mamasapano tragedy, in which 44 Special Action Force troopers were killed by armed groups while carrying out a police mission.

According to the Ombudsman, Aquino should be held criminally liable for the tragedy because he allowed Purisima, who was then suspended, to take part in the planning and running of the operation.

But Duterte, a lawyer, said Aquino is bound to be acquitted of the charges because as President, he was free to consult anyone he wanted.

Asked what he thought was Morales’ rationale for recommending the filing of charges against Aquino, the President said: “Wala. Sabi ko, bugok ‘yung nagdesisyon. There are maybe siguro another damages but not criminal.”

“Actually, my term there, it’s a silly charge. Kasi ‘yung mga failure, usurpation — those positions, when the President assumes the role there, sabihin niya, ‘I take over.’ ‘Yung role mo there is whatever na ni-usurp is perfectly legal because the President has control of all departments,” he explained.

In another speech earlier in the day, Duterte slammed Morales for saying he was “goading” people to kill with his statements related to the war on drugs.

The President said Morales should find laws which say it is illegal for him to threaten criminals with death.