Malacañang backs SolGen’s call to file homicide raps vs Aquino

Published January 26, 2018, 3:58 PM

by Nida Ramos-Oribiana

By Genalyn Kabiling

The Office of the Solicitor General’s (OSG) move to charge former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III with homicide over the Mamasapano operation that left 44 police commandos dead has the backing of Malacañang.

“SolGen as counsel of the Government is correct. There ought to be accountability for those responsible for the SAF 44 debacle,” Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.

Solicitor General Jose Calida recently asked the Supreme Court to order the Office of the Ombudsman to file homicide raps against Aquino over the bungled Mamasapano operation that happened three years ago.

Aside from Aquino, the OSG also wanted former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan Purisima and PNP-Special Action Forces (SAF) Commander Getulio Napeñas Jr. to face 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.

Former President Benigno Aquino and Solicitor General Jose Calida (Manila Bulletin)
Former President Benigno Aquino and Solicitor General Jose Calida (Manila Bulletin)

“Respondents’ liability is grounded on the faulty planning and execution of Oplan Exodus. This is regardless of the presence of hostile forces in the battleground,” the OSG said.

The Ombudsman earlier dismissed the case against Aquino for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.

The OSG has also urged the Supreme Court to stop the trial against the three before the Sandiganbayan pending the petition before the high court.

Aquino is facing graft and usurpation of authority charges over his role in the ill-fated Mamasapano operation. He has posted bail to secure provisional liberty.

Purisima, and Napeñas have also been charged for for usurpation of official functions and violation of the anti-graft law.