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Martires insists PNoy can’t be charged with usurpation: Kailangan pa ba i-memorize ‘yan?

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Ombudsman Samuel Martires on Friday (July 5) said that any lawyer who thinks former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino II should be charged with usurpation should go back to school.

Martires pointed this out as he defended his decision to withdraw the charges against Aquino who being made liable for the deaths of 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) who were killed during an operation against terrorists in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in 2015.

“Anyone who claims otherwise, If he is a lawyer, must go back to the college of law,” he said.

“As for the non-lawyers, they should first take up law and understand the extent of usurpation,” he added.

Martires explained “no president of the Republic of the Philippines can be accused of usurpation of official functions.”

“No president can usurp the powers of any official under his supervision,” he stressed.

The case was filed back in November 2017 during the term of then ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

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