Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday asked an anti-graft court to dismiss charges against him over a botched anti-terrorism operation that left 44 Police Officers dead in 2015.
The motion was filed by Aquino’s lawyers before his scheduled appearance on the charges of graft and usurpation of official function, prompting the court to delay his indictment hearing until February 15.
Lawyer Romeo Fernandez said the charges should be dismissed because Aquino was merely exercising his duty and powers as president of the Philippines when he approved and supervised an operation to arrest a suspected terrorist in Maguindanao province in January 2015.
The cases allege that Aquino committed graft and violated the penal code when he allowed then police chief Alan Purisima to plan and run the operation even though he had been suspended and was later convicted for corruption charges.
“All of these acts fell squarely within Mr Aquino’s powers, functions, and prerogatives as then president of the Philippines, and therefore, cannot be deemed as criminal acts,” according to the motion.
If Aquino is found guilty it is most likely he faces close to 10 years imprisonment and disqualification from public office.
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