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JV: PNoy swept SAF tragedy under rug

  • Written by Marlon Purificacion
  • Published in Metro
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SENATOR JV Ejercito yesterday expressed hope that justice will be served to the elite members of Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) who perished in the anti-terror raid in Mamasapano with the filing of charges against former President Aquino by the Ombudsman.

Ejercito said Aquino will have his chance to explain his side before the court and clear himself of any liability if any.

“Sa akin, kailangan talaga magkaroon ng closure na rin dahil syempre we need to give justice dun sa pagkamatay, kailangan bigyan natin ng hustisya ’yung pagkamatay ng gallant SAF44,” said Ejercito. “Siguro bigyan na rin natin, hindi naman sa pinag-iinitan o tinutumbok si Pangulong Aquino, pero may sinasabing command responsibility at bahala siguro ang husgado o korte kung anuman ang magiging kapasyahan.  At least mabigyan din siya ng pagkakataon na linisin ang kanyang pangalan kung saka-sakali.”

Last Friday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the filing of charges against Aquino for usurpation of authority and violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act in connection with the Jan. 25, 2015 anti-terror raid in Mamasapano that left 44 SAF commandos dead.

The former president was, however, cleared of homicide charges by the Ombudsman.
    
Ejercito believes there is such thing as command responsibility that Aquino should have done to ease the suffering of the relatives of the SAF44.
    
“Sa palagay ko, ito kasing Mamasapano tulad din ng Luneta (hostage-taking incident), ito ’yung mga natatandaang blemish o black eye sa administrasyon ni Pangulong Aquino na kumbaga  sa halip na hinarap nila ang problema, sa halip na hinarap kumbaga it was swept under the rug .Talagang iniwasan. Swept under the rug so to speak,” Ejercito said.
    
“Pero ang mas maganda sana kung hinarap ito, kung inako ang responsibilidad bilang Commander in Chief, palagay ko mas naging magaang sa pamilya ng SAF44 at sa lahat, sa buong bayan dahil talagang kahit hindi ako kapamilya nu’n, talagang lahat tayo naapektuhan.  Masakit eh para sa akin ’yung nangyari sa SAF44. We want to give justice also to the death of gallant 44,” added Ejercito.