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STATEMENT OF SENATE MINORITY LEADER FRANKLIN M. DRILON ON THE OMBUDSMAN’S DECISION TO FILE A CASE AGAINST FORMER PRESIDENT AQUINO IN CONNECTION WITH THE MAMASAPANO INCIDENT

With all due respect to the findings and order of the Ombudsman to file criminal charges against former President Aquino for violation of Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) and Section 3(a) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, I stand by the findings and conclusions of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs per its Committee Report No. 120 of March 18, 2015.

Based on the same set of circumstances and evidence, the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous did not find President Aquino criminally liable for violation of Article 177 of the RPC and Section 3(a) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

In its Report, the Committee recommended the filing of criminal and administrative charges against former PNP Chief Alan Purisima for violation of Article 177 of the RPC, for grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, and for indirect contempt. The Committee also recommended the filing of administrative charges against former SAF Director Getulio Napenas for grave misconduct, inefficiency and incompetence in the conduct of official duties and for conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

Source: Senate of the Philippines

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