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Jul 2, 2016
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Former president Benigno Aquino III won’t be enjoying his first few days as a private citizen so much, after criminal complaints were filed against him in relation to the Mamasapano Massacre in 2015.

Relatives of the 44 slain Special Action Forces (SAF) filed homicide charges against Aquino with the assistance of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), Philstar reported.

VACC chair Dante Jimenez said the filing of charges stemmed from the last administration’s inability to push the case forward and prosecute the involved parties.

Earlier, Aquino took fire for allegedly failing to send in Army reinforcements during the incident which lasted several hours. His widely unpopular choice of attending a car plant’s inauguration instead of the SAF 44’s arrival honors also affected his standing among the victims' families.

Aside from Aquino, separate charges will be filed against former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima and ex-SAF director and defeated senatorial candidate Getulio Napeñas, Jr.

Purisima was mainly blamed for supposedly getting involved in the SAF 44’s operation despite being suspended at the time. Napeñas, for his part, was criticized for being the ground commander of the botched operation.

In January 2015, SAF troopers stormed Mamasapano, Maguindanao and neutralized their target, Malaysian terrorist and bomb-maker Zulkifli Abdhir, but were flanked by Moro rebels which ended in 44 of them getting killed.

 

Cover photo via GMA Network

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