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Gordon calls for homicide raps vs Aquino: He has command responsibility in Mamasapano raid


Charges, far more serious than graft and usurpation of authority, should have been filed by the Office of the Ombudsman against former President Benigno Aquino III for his alleged mishandling of the botched anti-terror raid in Mamasapano.

“Kung ako tatanungin mo, without going to the Ombudsman, I would have filed graver charges. ‘Yan ang talagang clearly multiple homicide to reckless imprudence. Siya ang in charge eh, command responsibility. At nanonood sila,” Sen. Richard Gordon said Sunday in a radio interview.

The senator was referring to reports that Aquino was alleged to have been monitoring the situation from Zamboanga City where he flew in on the day of the said operation in Mamasapano, in the guise supposedly of inspecting a bombing incident.

Aquino claimed that former Special Action Force (SAF) Dir. Getulio Napenas was instructed by him to coordinate with the military for armor, artillery, air and troop support in the event that it will be needed.

But Napenas alleged to have informed the AFP about the mission only when the SAF raid was already under way, not days before as supposedly instructed by Aquino, to give the military time to prepare.

“Ready or not the AFP is a ready machine. Pag may away, darating ang AFP, andun na sila, nakapwesto na sila dun, dapat alert sila. Isisisi kay Napenas kesyo nagsinungaling daw sa kanya. Aba’y hindi dapat alam mo yan, ikaw ang commander in chief. Anong back up kung halimbawa nagkamali yan, nagkagulo, ano back up ng pulis, dapat inisip mo yan. Para kang tatay na nagsasabi sa mga anak mo ng mga dapat gawin,” Gordon explained.

The senator said he cannot help but initially suspect that the Ombudsman has been, from the very start, trying to water down the charges which could lead to its dismissal.

“(Kaya) ako gusto kong buksan yang Mamamasapano case. Bakit ba pagka ganun na malalaking tao na involved eh medyo nag aagam agam na lumabas ang katotohanan?” he asked.

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