After being charged for usurpation of authority and violating anti-graft laws, former President Benigno Aquino III is prepared to face the “worst” that may come out of the charges against him, including being imprisoned.
“Well gano’n naman parati ang attitude ko ‘no? Walang mawawala sayo if you will prepare for the worst and hope for the best. So kausap natin ang mga abogado natin, binalikan ko lahat ng aking data with regards to Mamasapano and all the other cases tapos ‘yung ini-imagine mo na rin,” Aquino said.
The former president believed that a justice system like the Philippines cannot stand for the truth, which has made him apprehensive over his case despite his confident claims about his innocence in the botched operation.
“Nung tumakbo kasi ako, isa sa mga inambisyon natin no’n, electoral plans is ‘yung judicial reform. So ngayon marami tayong mga kaso na nakikita na ‘di natin maintindihan bakit gano’n ang resulta. Sabi ko sa mga kapatid ko nung pinuntahan nila ‘ko nung Biyernes, sabi ko sa kanila ang panig ng katotohanan nasa atin. Pero never naman nangyayari ngayon sa sistema ng ating hudikatura,” Aquino said.
He further elucidated that the issue of justice in the Philippines is plagued with questions, however, Aquino will still push through with a motion for reconsideration before the Ombudsman so as to give his side of the story which he felt has been ignored for the most part.
“Parang power of the Ombudsman and ‘yung mga fiscal, meron ding ganong authority na mag-name ng kaso. Anong problema no’n? Ang problema lang no’n kasi, may magreklamo sayo, may affidavit of complaint siya, sasagutin mo counter-affidavit. Ngayon dahil walang nagreklamo hindi ako nag-encounter. So in short, para bang nung nireresolba nila ‘tong issue na ‘to, hindi kami nakapagsalita,” Aquino said.
Another reason Aquino was criticized for the failed Mamasapano operation was because he entrusted command to former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima who was suspended that time.
“Ang tanong sabi nung iba dapat hindi ko na siya kinakausap. Eh ang sagot ko lang don, siya kasi number one matagal ko nang kakilala, siyempre pulis siya, alam niya ‘yung kultura, alam niya ‘yung personalities, alam niya ‘yung sistema, ‘yung umiiral sa mundo ng kapulisan… galing siya sa SAF (Special Action Force). Naintindihan niya istruktura, kakayahan, kakulangan, abilidad etc.,” Aquino said of Purisima.
Heunderlined that while he could have taken in any other adviser from SAF, he still chose Purisisma based on his credentials and bond with SAF.
Source: GMA News Online
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