Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s comments on Pnoy’s Mamasapano case seem like a double standard. Du30 even agrees with it. So, if a President has no liability over the Commander’s lapse, why blame the late Former President Ferdinand Marcos for Martial Law abuses and not ex-President Fidel Ramos who was the head of the Philippine Constabulary at that time? Worst, the rest of the Marcoses particularly Bongbong Marcos also inherited the stigma.
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Pnoy Posted Bail
Former President Benigno Aquino III posted a P40,000 bail recently before the Sandiganbayan to secure his provisional liberty. This is while the charges over his alleged role in the ill-fated encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, in 2015 is ongoing.
Family and Party Support
Aquino was joined by his sisters Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Pinky Aquino-Abellada, and Viel Aquino-Dy. His legal counsel was also present when he arrived at the Sandiganbayan Third Division’s Office of the Clerk of Court. Liberal Party stalwarts Senators Bam Aquino and Franklin Drilon, and former presidential spokespersons Abigail Valte and Edwin Lacierda were also with him.
Arrest Warrant Not Necessary
Aquino posted bail just minutes after the Sandiganbayan found probable cause against him. Third Division clerk of court Atty. Dennis Pulma confirmed that the magistrates found sufficient basis to hold Aquino for trial for graft and usurpation of the official function. Pulma added that the division’s justices have signed an arrest warrant, but it was not issued since he already posted bail.
Liability in the Deadly Encounter
The Office of the Ombudsman has accused Aquino of influencing former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima. The latter was forced to defy his preventive suspension and the chain of command, during the operation in Mamasapano. At that time, the PNP was under acting chief Leonardo Espina. Purisima, according to the Ombudsman, gave instructions, received reports and recommendations, and approved the actions of PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) commander Gutulio Napeñas during the Mamasapano operation dubbed “Oplan Exodus.”