FORMER president Benigno Aquino 3rd did not show up in Friday’s scheduled arraignment for his graft and usurpation of authority cases in connection with the botched Mamasapano raid in January 2015. Aquino’s lawyer Romeo Fernandez said he thought the Sandiganbayan would tackle only the motion to quash the charges filed by the former president. Aquino’s presence was not required in the hearing on the motion to quash, he said. Fernandez also said he was unaware that the arraignment was also scheduled on Friday. The [charges], therefore, must be quashed for accusing Mr. Aquino of acts which are actually justified and legal under the circumstances,” the defense said.
Source: Manila Times January 12, 2018 16:41 UTC