Former President Aquino asks Ombudsman to reconsider charges over Mamasapano encounter

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 19) — Former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has asked the Ombudsman to reconsider the filing of charges against him for the January 2015 Mamasapano clash that killed 44 police commandos, his spokesperson said Wednesday.

A member of Aquino's legal team filed a motion for reconsideration with the Office of the Ombudsman today, Aquino's spokesperson Abigail Valte told CNN Philippines.

In a July 14 resolution, the Ombudsman ordered the filing of criminal charges against Aquino for usurpation of authority under the Revised Penal Code and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

However, she dismissed homicide charges against the former President because of lack of probable cause.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said what Aquino did wrong was to allow then-Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima to play a major role in the Mamasapano operation despite being under preventive suspension.

If found guilty, Aquino faces imprisonment of up to 10 years, with perpetual disqualification from public office.

Read: Ex-President Aquino faces criminal raps over Mamasapano encounter, cleared of homicide

President Rodrigo Duterte has criticized the Ombudsman's charges, saying on July 18 that her filing against his predecessor is "meant to fail."

Read: Duterte: Ombudsman charges vs. Aquino 'meant to fail'

A Senate investigation in 2015 found Aquino responsible for the botched operation.