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Aquino calls charges absurd

Former President Aquino has dismissed as “absurd” and “frivolous” the case filed against him in connection with the bungled police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in January 2015.

“I am curious as to how Atty. Ferdinand Topacio intends to support his absurd accusations in connection to the tragedy that happened in Mamasapano. I guess this is to be expected from an attention-seeker such as he,” Aquino said in a statement.

Families of some of the slain policemen have filed multiple homicide complaint against Aquino before the Ombudsman over the botched Mamasapano operation. The relatives claimed that Aquino should be held accountable for the “brutal bestial deaths” of the policemen “due to negligence, imprudence, lack of foresight and lack of skill in the planning, preparation, and execution of Oplan: Exodus.”

The case was filed a day after Aquino stepped down from office.

Aquino, however, argued that the Mamasapano tragedy could have been avoided if only former Special Action Force head Director Getulio P. Napeñas followed his orders. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)