MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday described the charges filed against his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, as “silly” and said that these were bound to fail.
Duterte was reacting to the decision of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales to charge Aquino after he allowed then suspended Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima to participate in a police operation to capture a Malaysian terrorist and a Filipino bomber. The incident led to the deaths of 44 police commandos.
Duterte, speaking to the media after the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law was handed to him, said that the cases filed against Aquino on Friday were bound to fail.
The chief executive said that as president during the operation Aquino had powers to seek the advice of anyone, including Purisima who was suspended following an anomalous contract for the delivery of firearms licenses.
“Hindi mo masabi na usurpation of authority because because lahat ng sinabi nila ay merged in the president. He can call anybody to help him to fight a criminal operation there,” Duterte said.
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