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Citizen Aquino faces more Mamasapano charges

Former President Benigno S. Aquino III is facing three more homicide charges before the Ombudsman in connection with the deaths of 44 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last year.

The additional complaints were filed by the parents of PO2 Noble Kaingan, PO2 Walner Danao, and PO2 Nicky Nacino.

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Citizens Crime Watch assisted Celestino Kaingan, Julie Danao, and Felicitas Nacino in filing the complaints.

Similar cases will also be filed shortly by relatives of slain police commandos from Mindanao.

Like in the previous complaint filed by parents of two other police commandos before the anti-graft body, Aquino, together with dismissed PNP chief Director General Alan L.M. Purisima and former SAF chief Director Getulio P. Napeñas, were accused of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide.

In a joint 35-page complaint, parents of the three Igorot policemen said “Operation: Exodus” to capture two high-value Muslim terrorists, Zulkifli Bin Hir, alias “Marwan,” and his aide, Abdul Basit Usman, was poorly executed, resulting to the untimely deaths of their loved ones.

Speaking on behalf of his clients, lawyer Ferdinand Topacio said the accused violated the police chain of command with Aquino allowing Purisima to conduct the bloody operations despite the fact that he was under suspension by the Ombudsman in connection with his alleged role in the Werfast gun license delivery scandal. (Jun Ramirez)