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AQUINO, PURISIMA, NAPANES CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE HOMECIDE OVER DEATHS OF SAF 44


JULY 1 -Former President Benigno Aquino III (L), Former PNP Chief Alan Purisima (M), and Former PNP Special Action Force chief Director Getulio Napeñas (R) (MB FILE)
Former President Benigno Aquino III was charged Friday with multiple homicide before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the deaths of 44 police commandos during clash with Muslim rebels in Masasapano, Maguindanao in January last year. The criminal complaint was lodged by a father and a mother of two slain Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) troopers a day after the former President lost his immunity from suit. Dismissed PNP chief Alan Purisima and former SAF chief Getulio Napenas are also included in the “reckless imprudence resulting to homicide” case. Erlinda Allaga, mother of deceased PO3 Robert Aallaga and Warlito Mejia, father of PO2 Epraim Mejia said Aquino, Purisima and Napenas were responsible “for the brutally bestial deaths of their children due to negligence, lack of foresight and lack of skill in the planning, preparation and execution of Oplan Exodus.” They accused Aquino of criminal negligence by allowing suspended PNP chief Purisima to run the operation to capture two high-value terrorists Marwan and Basit Usman. The complainants also charged Puriisima of usurpation of authority because upon his instructions the Oplan Exodus was kept secret to then Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and the PNP officer-incharge. For his part, Napenas was accused of taking unlawful orders from Purisima , knowing that the latter has no legal authority over the PNP due to his suspension by the Ombudsman in connection with the Werfast courier service contract anomaly. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Aquino slams multiple homicide case for Mamasapano massacre


JULY 1 -Former President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC
Former president Benigno Aquino III on Friday slammed the multiple homicide case filed against him for the death of 44 police commandos in the botched Mamasapano counterterrorism operation. In a brief statement, Aquino expressed concern that the “instigators of this case, in furtherance of their objectives, are setting up the loved ones of the SAF 44 for even more suffering.” The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) filed the complaint against Aquino at the Office of the Ombudsman, accusing him of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide for his alleged role in the “Oplan Exodus” operation that led to the deaths of 44 elite troopers of the Special Action Force (SAF) on January 25 last year in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. READ: Citizen Noy faces homicide raps for Mamasapano carnage Also named in the complaint were dismissed former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima and former SAF Director Getulio Napeñas. The complainants said that Aquino should not have included Purisima in the planning because the latter was then serving a suspension order from the Ombudsman. “The loss of the SAF 44 is a tragedy. I reiterate that if my instructions to then-SAF Director Getulio Napeñas were followed to the letter, perhaps the risks of the operation could have been minimized, and that this tragedy could have been averted,” Aquino said. READ: Napeñas turned the Mamasapano raid into a ‘mission impossible’ – Aquino “Let me emphasize: The families of the SAF 44 have experienced so much pain. I am worried that the instigators of this case, in furtherance of their objectives, are setting up the loved ones of the SAF 44 for even more suffering,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Defeated bet Mar Roxas speaks on federal gov’t - 'Who will pay?'
[Roxas said he was still on a wait-and-see attitude as far as the Duterte administration was concerned.]


JULY 1 -MAR ROXAS thanks his supporters at a gathering in Cebu City. CHRISTIAN MANINGO/CEBU DAILY NEWS
CEBU CITY—Defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas expressed doubt that federalism is the panacea for many of the country’s ills, mainly the unequal distribution of wealth to local governments outside Metro Manila. Commenting publicly on federalism for the first time since the May 9 elections, Roxas said while he did not want to start a debate over the pros and cons of federalism, he believed it was not the cure for the lack of development of provinces that was being blamed on a centralized government. Federalism was one of the anchors of the campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte. Roxas cited the case of the United States, where a federal form of government had led to two layers of taxes—state and federal. “How is it going to balance out?” Roxas said. “They say it (federalism) will cut taxes. They say many things about reducing expenses but they are going to create a whole new bureaucracy in the federal system. Who’s going to pay for that?” he said. “You can’t say one thing here and not have an effect on the other side,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Senators give outgoing PNoy a nearly passing grade for performance


JULY 2 -Some senators have given outgoing President Aquino a nearly passing grade for his performance as the country’s Chief Executive.
While they lauded his efforts combating corruption in government, some incumbent and incoming members of the upper chamber did not hide their dissatisfaction on the shortcomings of the Aquino administration, especially in providing some key services to the public. “In reforms in governance, I give the Aquino administration a grade of 8.5. In terms of infrastructure development, I give the administration a low mark of four,” Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito said.Incoming Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian asserted the same, saying while Aquino tried his best in fighting corruption and was relentless in pursuing reforms as well as change the culture of impunity in the country, the outgoing leader has had failures in some aspects of his leadership. “In my opinion, he was successful in showing to the public that honesty is still possible in government and started with him. However, he neglected the simple but important things to the ordinary Filipino. Simple things such as the MRT (Mass Railway Transit) because it’s a symbol of apathy towards the people,” he said. “I give him (a grade of) six out of 10 (being the highest),” Gatchalian said in a text message to reporters. Incoming Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III shared the same position when asked to make an assessment on the Aquino administration. “As far as PNoy (President Aquino) is concerned, I have no doubts about his sincerity and performance. (But) some people he has appointed and the people below them are the disappointment. Hindi tuwid ang daan,” he said. For his part, Sen. Gregorio Honasan would notappraise the performance of the Aquino administration. READ MORE...

ALSO: As Noynoy leaves office, Kris Aquino quotes 'Terminator'


JUNE 30 -On the day Kris Aquino's brother, former President Benigno Aquino III, stepped down from his post, the television host echoed Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous catchphrase from the "Terminator" film franchise to signal a brief change in her lifestyle. "I'll be back," the normally outspoken Aquino said as she vowed to try and remain "quiet" for the time being. She earlier promised to help her bachelor brother adjust to life as a private citizen following six years of serving the country as its leader. LOOK: PHOTOS OF NOY's HOMECOMING....RELATED,
Times St. residence prepped for Aquino's return....READ MORE RELATEDs...


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Aquino, Purisima, Napenas charged with multiple homicide over deaths of SAF 44


Former President Benigno Aquino III (L), Former PNP Chief Alan Purisima (M), and Former PNP Special Action Force chief Director Getulio Napeñas (R) (MB FILE)

MANILA, JULY 4, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Jun Ramirez July 1, 2016 (updated) - Former President Benigno Aquino III was charged Friday with multiple homicide before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the deaths of 44 police commandos during clash with Muslim rebels in Masasapano, Maguindanao in January last year.

The criminal complaint was lodged by a father and a mother of two slain Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) troopers a day after the former President lost his immunity from suit.

Dismissed PNP chief Alan Purisima and former SAF chief Getulio Napenas are also included in the “reckless imprudence resulting to homicide” case.

Erlinda Allaga, mother of deceased PO3 Robert Aallaga and Warlito Mejia, father of PO2 Epraim Mejia said Aquino, Purisima and Napenas were responsible “for the brutally bestial deaths of their children due to negligence, lack of foresight and lack of skill in the planning, preparation and execution of Oplan Exodus.”

They accused Aquino of criminal negligence by allowing suspended PNP chief Purisima to run the operation to capture two high-value terrorists Marwan and Basit Usman.

The complainants also charged Puriisima of usurpation of authority because upon his instructions the Oplan Exodus was kept secret to then Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and the PNP officer-incharge.

For his part, Napenas was accused of taking unlawful orders from Purisima , knowing that the latter has no legal authority over the PNP due to his suspension by the Ombudsman in connection with the Werfast courier service contract anomaly.


PHILSTAR

Aquino slams multiple homicide case for Mamasapano massacre By: Nikko Dizon
@inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:46 PM July 1st, 2016


Former President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

Former president Benigno Aquino III on Friday slammed the multiple homicide case filed against him for the death of 44 police commandos in the botched Mamasapano counterterrorism operation.

In a brief statement, Aquino expressed concern that the “instigators of this case, in furtherance of their objectives, are setting up the loved ones of the SAF 44 for even more suffering.”

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) filed the complaint against Aquino at the Office of the Ombudsman, accusing him of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide for his alleged role in the “Oplan Exodus” operation that led to the deaths of 44 elite troopers of the Special Action Force (SAF) on January 25 last year in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

READ: Citizen Noy faces homicide raps for Mamasapano carnage

Also named in the complaint were dismissed former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima and former SAF Director Getulio Napeñas. The complainants said that Aquino should not have included Purisima in the planning because the latter was then serving a suspension order from the Ombudsman.

“The loss of the SAF 44 is a tragedy. I reiterate that if my instructions to then-SAF Director Getulio Napeñas were followed to the letter, perhaps the risks of the operation could have been minimized, and that this tragedy could have been averted,” Aquino said.

READ: Napeñas turned the Mamasapano raid into a ‘mission impossible’ – Aquino

“Let me emphasize: The families of the SAF 44 have experienced so much pain. I am worried that the instigators of this case, in furtherance of their objectives, are setting up the loved ones of the SAF 44 for even more suffering,” he added.

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Aquino had instructed Napeñas to coordinate with the military and follow the ceasefire mechanisms before launching the operation against Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan in Maguindanao.

But instead of coordinating with the military, Napeñas followed a so-called “time on target” concept, where he informed the Armed Forces in the area of his operation after Marwan had been taken down.

Napeñas also failed to follow the ceasefire mechanisms, which is part of the peace negotiations between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The VACC and the SAF 44 families were represented by lawyer Ferdinand Topacio.

“I am curious as to how Atty. Ferdinand Topacio intends to support his absurd accusations in connection with the tragedy that happened in Mamasapano. I guess this is to be expected from an attention-seeker such as he,” Aquino said.

In his statement, it was apparent that Aquino is already expecting more cases to be filed against him, now that he has returned to being an ordinary citizen.

He said that such cases would be “nothing more than harassment.”

“I have instructed my lawyers to study possible actions at the appropriate time against those who instigate the filing of frivolous cases, which are nothing more than harassment,” Aquino said./rga


INQUIRER

Mar’s take on federal gov’t: Who will pay? By: Carmel Loise Matus @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Visayas
03:34 AM July 1st, 2016


MAR ROXAS thanks his supporters at a gathering in Cebu City. CHRISTIAN MANINGO/CEBU DAILY NEWS

CEBU CITY—Defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas expressed doubt that federalism is the panacea for many of the country’s ills, mainly the unequal distribution of wealth to local governments outside Metro Manila.

Commenting publicly on federalism for the first time since the May 9 elections, Roxas said while he did not want to start a debate over the pros and cons of federalism, he believed it was not the cure for the lack of development of provinces that was being blamed on a centralized government.

Federalism was one of the anchors of the campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Roxas cited the case of the United States, where a federal form of government had led to two layers of taxes—state and federal.

“How is it going to balance out?” Roxas said.

“They say it (federalism) will cut taxes. They say many things about reducing expenses but they are going to create a whole new bureaucracy in the federal system. Who’s going to pay for that?” he said.

“You can’t say one thing here and not have an effect on the other side,” he added.

READ MORE...

Roxas said he was still on a wait-and-see attitude as far as the Duterte administration was concerned.

Roxas came here to personally thank his supporters at a gathering of the groups Cebu for Roxas-Robredo Silent No More and RoRo (Roxas-Robredo).

He told his supporters he was still going through a roller coaster of emotions after losing his presidential bid.

“There’s sadness and disappointment,” said Roxas. “There’s anger… All sorts of emotions. But, through the quiet moments of meditation and reflection, the sentiment that always emerges is one of gratitude and thankfulness,” he said.

“Rather than sit in a room in Manila, in a dark space, which I understand some of you went through, better do something positive,” he added.

One lesson that the campaign gave him, according to Roxas, is not to curse in public.

“It’s not who we are as a people,” said Roxas. “Good manners and right conduct, I think we should hold on to that,” he said.

His supporters apologized for his loss, but Roxas said there was nothing to worry about.

“I didn’t make it but I’m not sorry,” he said. “We gave it our all. That is something worthwhile. There should be no sorrys,” he said.


TRIBUNE

Senators give outgoing President Aquino passing grade for his performance Written by Angie M. Rosales Thursday, 30 June 2016 00:00



Some senators have given outgoing President Aquino a nearly passing grade for his performance as the country’s Chief Executive.

While they lauded his efforts combating corruption in government, some incumbent and incoming members of the upper chamber did not hide their dissatisfaction on the shortcomings of the Aquino administration, especially in providing some key services to the public.

“In reforms in governance, I give the Aquino administration a grade of 8.5.

In terms of infrastructure development, I give the administration a low mark of four,” Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito said.

Incoming Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian asserted the same, saying while Aquino tried his best in fighting corruption and was relentless in pursuing reforms as well as change the culture of impunity in the country, the outgoing leader has had failures in some aspects of his leadership.

“In my opinion, he was successful in showing to the public that honesty is still possible in government and started with him.

However, he neglected the simple but important things to the ordinary Filipino. Simple things such as the MRT (Mass Railway Transit) because it’s a symbol of apathy towards the people,” he said.

“I give him (a grade of) six out of 10 (being the highest),” Gatchalian said in a text message to reporters.

Incoming Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III shared the same position when asked to make an assessment on the Aquino administration.

“As far as PNoy (President Aquino) is concerned, I have no doubts about his sincerity and performance. (But) some people he has appointed and the people below them are the disappointment. Hindi tuwid ang daan,” he said.

For his part, Sen. Gregorio Honasan would not appraise the performance of the Aquino administration.

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“In case of the outgoing and incoming presidents and administrations, only God, the Filipino people, history and time will tell the legacy they will leave behind: the greatest good for the greatest number for the longest time, the strong foundations and institutions they will leave behind, the long term peace, unity and prosperity, the future and welfare of our most precious resource — our children,” Honasan said.

Sen. Sonny Angara expressed satisfaction on the accomplishment of Aquino, saying the latter served as an example of integrity for those who serve and will serve in government.

He also lauded the increase in government spending on social services such as education, PhilHealth, for restoring investor confidence in the Philippines, and for leaving a stronger economy and nation.

“Now, the task at hand is to ensure that the momentum for reform that started with the outgoing administration continues with the next. Sustaining the necessary momentum is only possible through critical collaboration between the Executive, the Legislative and the society-at-large. We should band together despite our differences, and build on and expand from what we as a nation have already achieved,” Angara said.

They are somehow optimistic that incoming President Rodrigo Duterte would be able to keep up to this promise and maintain the rule of law despite his controversial iron-hand policy.

“By looking at President Digong’s (Duterte) public track record, he is a man of action. I think things will move fast, especially in fighting crime. By his mere pronouncement, the police are already moving at light speed. I believe his experience as a mayor will play a big role in giving care and concern to the plight of the Filipino people,” Gatchalian said.

“I fully support his administration because of his commitment to make the modern railway system for the country a reality. This will definitely solve so many problems and help our economy immensely. I’m hoping that Duterte’s political will would be able to address the country’s infra weakness. Change is coming under Duterte,” Ejercito said.

Indeed, changes are sure to come, Sotto said and needed changes may likewise be carried out even in the upper chamber.


ABS-CBN

As Noynoy leaves office, Kris Aquino quotes 'Terminator' ABS-CBN News Posted at Jun 30 2016 08:31 PM Facebook Twitter GPlus LinkedIn Pinterest

MANILA - On the day Kris Aquino's brother, former President Benigno Aquino III, stepped down from his post, the television host echoed Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous catchphrase from the "Terminator" film franchise to signal a brief change in her lifestyle. "I'll be back," the normally outspoken Aquino said as she vowed to try and remain "quiet" for the time being.

She earlier promised to help her bachelor brother adjust to life as a private citizen following six years of serving the country as its leader.

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FAREWELL TO EX-CHIEF


President Rodrigo Duterte bids farewell to former President Benigno Aquino III after departure honors at the Malacañan Palace grounds on Thursday. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

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ABS-CBN

Times St. residence prepped for Aquino's return ABS-CBN News Posted at May 20 2016 01:29 PM


Former president Benigno Aquino III waves back to the crowd as he enters his personal residence in Times Street in Quezon City on Thursday. Aquino turned over the leadership of the country earlier to President Rodrigo Duterte in simple rites in Malacañang Palace. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

When President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III steps down on June 30, he is expected to return to the Aquino family home in Times St. Quezon City.

In preparation for Aquino's return, renovations are ongoing at the house he inherited from his mother, former president Corazon Aquino.

Gates and walls have been repainted and more changes are expected in the next few weeks.

Sergeant James Lutado of the Presidential Security Group said renovations began in April and will finish by June, in time for Aquino's return.

The famous 25 Times St residence is now known for having housed two Philippine presidents and martyr Ninoy Aquino.


Official Gazette PH ✔ @govph PHOTO: Early morning breakfast for Cory Aquino and family at Times Street in Quezon City.

When Cory passed away in 2009, the residence became a memorial site and when son Noynoy became presumptive president in May 2010, the Aquino abode became a temporary office, a venue for courtesy calls with diplomats and government officials.
The decades-old residence also witnessed hundreds of protests.

Aquino has been living in Bahay Pangarap in Malacanang complex since August 2010.

He was the first President to have made Bahay Pangarap the official residence, "although previous presidents have stayed there," according to the Presidential Museum and Library. -- With reports from Jeff Gallos, dzMM

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ABS-CBN

Citizen Noynoy comes home to yellow ribbon welcome ABS-CBN News Posted at Jun 30 2016 01:47 PM


Supporters greet former President Benigno Aquino III as he arrives at his personal residence on Times Street in Quezon City on June 30, 2016 on his last day in office. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III was welcomed back to civilian life on Thursday by cheering neighbors who waved yellow banners and sang an anthem of his martyred father.

Aquino arrived at the family home on Times St., a quiet neighborhood in Quezon City at around 11:30 a.m., where supporters prepared a short musical program to thank him for serving as president for six years.

The 56-year-old bachelor was escorted out of Malacanang by his successor, President Rodrigo Duterte, who was sworn into office at noon.

Supporters of former President Benigno Aquino III say goodbye to each other after holding a simple program on Times Street in Quezon City on June 30, 2016 to welcome Aquino on his last day in office.


Former President Benigno Aquino III is welcomed by former DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman (left) at his personal residence on Times Street in Quezon City on June 30, 2016 on his last day in office. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Aquino, who was wearing a formal barong looked elated as his long-time neighbors sang "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," a song that heralded his father, former Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino's return to the country from the United States to fight the Marcos dictatorship.

Aquino's father was assassinated at the airport that now bears his name in August 1983. Three years later, his mother, former Corazon Aquino would lead the first "People Power" uprising and oust Ferdinand Marcos.

Aquino told the crowd that he was "looking forward to a restful life." He has made no secret of counting down to the end of his term as soon as it started.

"I really don't think it would have made any sense for me to move anywhere else. This is where [my] roots are, where [my] friends are, extended family. From the bottom of my heart I'd like to thank you," Aquino told the crowd.

"My mother my father are all looking at you and I guess are patting their backs to say that when we decided to move to Times Street in 1961, that's one of the best decisions we've ever made," he added, drawing cheers from his supporters.

Aquino said he was leaving behind a legacy of economic growth while significantly cutting corruption in government.

He is stepping down with a satisfaction rate significantly higher than those of his his predecessors, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Joseph Estrada.

For the first quarter of 2016, Aquino registered a net satisfaction rate of +35, the Social Weather Stations survey said in June 20. -- With reports from Jon Ibanez, Jorge Carino

 
Isang malaking dilaw na tarpaulin na may nakasulat na "Welcome Home PNoy" ang sasalubong kay outgoing President Noynoy Aquino, sa kanyang pag-uwi Huwebes sa Times Street sa West Triangle, Quezon City. Inihanda ng West Triangle Kapitbahay Movement o mga kapitbahay ng pamilya Aquino ang naturang pagbati para sa pagbaba sa puwesto ng Pangulo.


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