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Karma catches up with Noynoy

/ 05:01 AM July 18, 2017

Former President Noynoy Kuyakoy has been indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman for the slaughter of 44 police commandos by Moro rebels two years ago in Mamasapano.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, in filing the case in the Sandiganbayan, said the former president was liable for usurpation of authority and graft for allowing Alan Purisima, suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, to carry out the operation for the arrest of two international terrorists.

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Ironically, it was Noynoy who appointed Morales to her position after she retired from the Supreme Court.

More cases are expected to be filed against Noynoy and his cohorts during his unlamented administration in the coming weeks or months, according to knowledgeable sources who don’t want to be identified.

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The law of cause and effect or karma—whatever you do to your fellowmen will boomerang on you—has caught up with the former president.

What Benigno Aquino III did to his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, whom he ordered jailed on apparently manufactured plunder charges, is happening to him.

GMA is now free after the Supreme Court ruled there was no evidence against her.

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What’s with Makati Regional Trial Court Judge Rico Liwanag?

Liwanag acquitted Supt. Angelo Germinal even if three witnesses pointed to him as the one who shot Christian Serrano, a 13-year-old scavenger, with a .22-caliber rifle in an abandoned building in Makati City.

Liwanag brushed aside the testimonies of three eyewitnesses but gave credence to a police doctor who said that the victim died of a wound from a .38-caliber bullet.

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Yesterday, the parents of two boys went to this columnist to complain that the judge had acquitted the man accused of killing their sons seven years ago. The suspect was then 17 years old.

According to them, Liwanag downgraded the charge to double homicide from double murder. He gave the accused a suspended sentence of six years each for killing the two victims ages 17 and 19.

A defense witness told the court that the respondent planned the murders after he and his friends had a fight with the victims at a party.

He said the accused bought two knives two nights before the killings.

Despite the facts presented to him, Liwanag gave the accused a light sentence for the following reasons: Treachery was absent, there was no evident premeditation, the accused was a minor at that time and he voluntarily surrendered.

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