SolGen wants 44 counts of homicide raps vs. Aquino

Solicitor General Jose Calida and Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Dante Jimenez today filed before the Supreme Court a manifestation in support to the petition filed by two relatives of slain members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) killed during the Mamasapano operation.

The Solicitor General is calling on Supreme Court to order the Office of the Ombudsman to file homicide cases against former President Benigno S. Aquino III and other police officials.

“While the mandate of the OSG is to represent the government and its officers in this Honorable Court, the Court of Appeals and all other Courts or tribunals in all civil actions and special proceedings in which the government or any officer thereof in his official capacity is a party, it is also incumbent upon it to present to the Court the position that will legally uphold the best interests of the government although it may run counter to a client’s position, the Ombudsman’s in this case,” says in SolGen’s manifestation to Supreme Court.

In November last year, the Office of the Ombudsman indicted Aquino for usurpation of official functions under Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code and violation of Section 3(a) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Calida asked the SC to nullify the Ombudsman’s decision that dismissed the reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide charges the relatives had filed against Aquino, former PNP chief Alan Purisima, and former PNP-SAF director Getulio Napeñas Jr.

Aside from Aquino, the SolGen also wants Purisima, and Napeñas be charged with 44 counts of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.

“The SAF 44 are fallen but will never be forgotten. The tragedy of their deaths should not spell the death of justice,” Calida said in his Twitter account.

“There can be no greater and more fitting tribute for them but the holy grail of truth on what exactly happened and who are responsible for it,” he added.