MANILA (Mabuhay) – A third batch of relatives of the slain Special Action Force (SAF) cops on Friday filed a complaint of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide against former president Benigno Aquino III over the botched Mamasapano operation that cost the lives of 44 elite cops last year.
This is the third in a series of complaints against Aquino, dismissed police chief Alan Purisima, and sacked SAF commander Getulio Napeñas over the botched “Oplan Exodus” operation in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao on Jan. 25 last year.
Accompanied by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, the relatives who filed the complaint were Telly Sumbilla, mother of PO3 John Lloyd Sumbilla; Helen Ramacula, mother of PO2 Rodel Ramacula; and Lorna Sagonoy, mother of PO1 Joseph Sagonoy.
Joseph Sagonoy was the subject of a viral video depicting a SAF cop being shot in the face during the encounter.
The kin’s counsel, Ferdinand Topacio, said the relatives were all from Samar.
The SAF relatives who filed the previous two complaints were Erlinda Allaga, mother of PO3 Robert Allaga; Warlito Mejia, father of PO2 Ephraim Mejia; Julie Faustino Danao, mother of PO2 Walner Danao; Celestino Kiangan, father of PO2 Noble Kiangan; and Felecitas Nacino, mother of PO2 Nicky Nacino.
In the first two complaints, petitioners alleged that Aquino should be held liable for reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide for allowing a suspended police official Purisima for participating in the planning of “Oplan Exodus,” the anti-terror raid to take down international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan that ended in a firefight between the elite cops and Muslim fighters, including the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The complainants said Aquino’s reckless imprudence resulted in the slaughter of the elite cops, who succeeded in neutralizing Marwan but were not rescued when the Muslim fighters closed in and shot them. (MNS)