VACC, SAF 44 kin want homicide raps vs PNoy over Mamasapano » Manila Bulletin News

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By Czarina Nicole Ong

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Wednesday filed a motion for reconsideration before the Office of the Ombudsman seeking to have former President Benigno C. Aquino III indicted for reckless imprudence resulting to homicide due to the botched operation in Mamasapano which claimed the lives of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers.

Benigno C. Aquino III (Richard V. Vinas / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The VACC, together with grieving family members of the fallen SAF troopers, made an appeal to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, telling her to inhibit herself from handling the SAF44 case because of her partiality towards Aquino.

But their counsel, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, said that they want Morales to do more than just inhibit herself –they want her to resign.

“With all due respect to the Ombudsman, we do not respect her anymore,” he told reporters. “She filed these cases [graft and usurpation] knowing they are bound to fail.”

Last Friday, Morales ordered graft and usurpation charges be filed against Aquino, former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima and SAF Director Getulio Napeñas.

While many lauded this as an act finally giving justice to the SAF44’s grieving family members, the VACC does not agree.

In fact, Topacio said the charges Morales ordered against Aquino are weak.

He said Aquino should be tried for 44 counts of reckless imprudence for the 44 lives he stole due to the botched Oplan Exodus, which took place on the eve of January 24, 2015.

If Morales does not slap Aquino with reckless imprudence charges, Topacio said she would be showing off her bias and practicing “selective justice.”

In their motion for reconsideration, the VACC said that the 44 counts of reckless imprudence were based on the theory that Aquino and his co-accused voluntarily did or failed to do acts which resulted to the deaths of the ill-fated SAF personnel “by reason of an inexcusable lack of precaution.”

“The negligence of former President Aquino IS the proximate cause of the deaths of SAF44,” the MR read. “In this case, the question that begs to be answered is: ‘Who put the SAF44 in the line of fire that made them easy targets for the guns of the hostile forces?’”

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