Poe OKs recommendation of filing of charges against former President Benigno Aquino III.
Yes , you read it right. Senator Grace Poe welcomes the decision of the Ombudsman in recommending the filinng of charges against former President Benigno Aquino III and other identified keyplayers of the Mamasapano massacre of SAF44.
“Mabuti na meron na ring kaso ang Ombudsman na isasampa sapagkat unang-una, dapat magkaroon na ng pagtatapos ito, pangalawa, pagkakataon na rin na marinig mismo sa bibig ng dating pangulo ang kanyang punto at ang kanyang naging partisipasyon ukol dito.
(It’s a good thing that the Ombudsman recommended the filing of charges because first, there should be closure and second, this would give the former President to explain his involvement in the case),” Poe said.
She further said that she sees no problem with the decision of colleague Sen. Richard Gordon to reopen the probe especially if there was new evidence to present.
“…Kung merong maaaring ipresenta na hindi namin natalakay noong nakaraang pagdinig, bakit naman hindi, katotohanan ang puno’t dulo nito.
(If new evidence can be presented that wasn’t discussed during the previous hearings, why not, if the search for truth is the main objective?” the senator said.
“The decision to reopen the Mamasapano inquiry is the prerogative of the chairman of the blue ribbon committee,” she added.
“Whatever new and relevant information that can be unearthed from this inquiry, in aid of legislation, will be beneficial not only to the families of the SAF 44, but also to the Filipino people.”.
Poe, however, said that the Senate panel should be prepared for the possibility that when called to testify, President Aquino could invoke his right not to talk about the case as it is already being handled by the court. (PNA)