By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Richard Gordon maintained that former President Benigno Aquino III should still be held liable for the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers in the botched operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in 2015.
Gordon, in a radio interview Saturday afternoon, said a case of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide should have been filed against Aquino instead of graft and usurpation charges.
Ombudsman Samuel Martires filed a motion before the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division seeking to withdraw the graft and usurpation charges against the former Chief Executive after finding “no sufficient ground and evidence” to the case.
Martires, however, said the move to dismiss the charges should not prevent the filing of appropriate cases against Aquino.
“I think everybody will agree, someone should be accountable so that there will be closure for those who died. There will not have closure even if we consider them heroes and give them medals, money,” Gordon told radio DWIZ in a mix of English and Filipino.
The senator said he believes that it should be homicide due to reckless imprudence for planning the Oplan Exodus with dismissed Philippine National Police Director-General Alan Purisima and former SAF director Getulio Napeña.
Gordon also hit Aquino and his men for resorting to “fingerpointing all the time”, comparing their responses to the Dengvaxia controversy.
“They must be held accountable and responsible. And no amount of technicalities in law could erase that perception,” Gordon said.
“Closure is important, putting people in jail, [those] who are part of it, no matter who they are,” he stressed.