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The Ombudsman filed graft and usurpation charges against former president Benigno Aquino III over the botched Mamasapano operation in 2015.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, meanwhile, filed a plunder complaint against Senator Richard Gordon.
It’s also been exactly 4 years since Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left a trail of death and destruction.
Below are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.
Former president Benigno Aquino III faces charges of graft and usurpation of official functions over the botched Mamasapano operation back in 2015. The Ombudsman recommended bail for Aquino at P40,000 or P30,000 for graft and P10,000 for usurpation of official functions.
It’s senator versus senator as Antonio Trillanes IV filed a plunder complaint against Richard Gordon, who’s also chairman of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). Trillanes accused Gordon of using PRC funds for his 2010 and 2013 electoral campaigns.
President Rodrigo Duterte said he has set aside P500 million for injured soldiers, including those who fought in Marawi City. The funds will be used for the soldiers’ medical treatment and for housing.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana expressed concern over possible “incidents” with China in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Lorenzana revealed there’s been a “standoff” with Beijing in Pag-asa (Thitu) Island for two months now.
Malacañang called for unity and strength as the Philippines marked 4 years since Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left 6,300 people dead. The government said it continues to learn lessons from the tragedy as it works to fast-track rehabilitation of typhoon-hit areas.
Narc Delemios, the suspect in the killing of Grab driver Gerardo Maquidato Jr, has surrendered to police. Maquidato’s family was emotional as Delemios was presented to media on Wednesday.
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