Aquino asks court to suspend Mamasapano proceedings

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Former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 9) — Former President Noynoy Aquino wants the anti-graft court to suspend hearings on his Mamasapano encounter cases.

In a manifestation, Aquino said the court should first resolve his plea to dismiss the charges.

The Sandiganbayan's fourth division set his arraignment for February 15.

Aquino said his actions in the Mamasapano encounter were within his powers as chief executive.

The former President is facing graft and usurpation of authority charges in connection with Oplan Exodus in the town of Mamasapano, Maguindanao province. Forty-four members of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) Special Action Forces died in the botched operation.

At least 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front members were also killed in 'Exodus" that was meant to capture Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias "Marwan."