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Purisima and Napeñas, not Aquino, liable for Mamasapano blunder – Drilon

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Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon belied the findings of the Office of the Ombudsman on the alleged accountability of former President Aquino in the botched Mamasapano operation, saying criminal liability is only up to former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan Purisima and former Special Action Force (SAF) Dir. Getulio Napeñas.

“With all due respect to the findings and order of the Ombudsman to file criminal charges against former Pres. Aquino, I stand by the findings and conclusions of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs per its committee report No. 120 of March 18, 2015,” he said.

Based on the same evidence presented to Senate probers and scrutinized as well by the Ombudsman, Drilon claimed there was no proof that Aquino is criminally liable on the charges filed against him.

In fact, Drilon said the Senate panel that probed the Mamasapano incident has recommended the filing of administrative and criminal charges against Purisima for violation of Article 177 of the RPC, grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service and for indirect contempt.

Napeñas, on the other hand, was held administratively liable for grave misconduct, inefficiency and incompetence in the conduct of official duties and for conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the country.

The Senate panel also ruled that Aquino was “ultimately responsible” for the bloody incident that was labelled by them as a massacre and not a mere misencounter.

The panel report was signed by the majority of senators but was not adopted by the Senate.