• Three mothers of SAF troopers who died during the Mamasapano clash filed criminal charges against former president Benigno Aquino III
  • Former PNP Chief Alan Purisima and former SAF commander Getulio Napeñas were also charged
  • The complainants asked the Ombudsman to investigate the criminal liabilities of the respondents over the deaths of 44 SAF troopers in the hands of Moro rebels

Three mothers of Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) troopers who perished during the Mamasapano clash filed a case against former president Benigno Aquino III, former PNP Chief Alan Purisima and former SAF commander Getulio Napeñas.

The Inquirer identified the complainants as Telly Sumbilla, mother of Police Officer (PO) 3 John Lloyd Sumbilla; Helen Ramacula, mother of PO2 Rodel Ramacula; and Lorna Sagonoy, mother of PO1 Joseph Sagonoy.

PO1 Sagonoy was the one in a viral video where he was shown being shot in the face by a Moro rebel as he was lying wounded on the ground, according to GMA News Online.

Atty. Ferdinand Topacio represented the complainants. According to him, 8 of the 44 families of SAF troopers who died in the bloody clash that took place on January 25, 2015, have so far filed charges against the former president and the two others. The rest, he said, would file soon.

Dante Jimenez, the president of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) group accompanied the complainants during the filing of charges. Together, they called on the Ombudsman to investigate the criminal liabilities of Aquino, Purisima and Napeñas over the deaths of 44 SAF troopers in the hands of Moro rebels.

In their complaint, the three mothers said: “It would serve well our country and its people for a formal criminal inquiry to be made in court against the respondents, to make the hammer fall where it may and mete justice for the deaths of the 44 patriots whose names are written above and in the hearts of every Filipino who has grieved not only for the loss of the said police officers but also for the loss of decent leadership for the last six years.”