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Website posts outdated claim on Mamasapano case vs Aquino

A website reposted Nov. 16 an old news story about former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, making it appear he would be “finally” be arraigned on charges arising from the Mamasapano incident.

Pinas Trends News posted the story with the headline:

SA WAKAS! EX PRES. NOYNOY AQUINO, BABASAHAN NA NG SAKDAL SA SANDIGANBAYAN 4TH DIVISION (Finally! Arraignment against ex president Noynoy Aquino to be conducted by Sandiganbayan 4th Division)!

The article referred to News 5’s Jan. 11, 2018 report on the scheduled arraignment. It also cited Ombudsman’s Jul 14, 2017 press release, which reported former Chief Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales’s decision to file graft and usurpation charges against Aquino.

However, the Sandiganbayan 4th Division dropped graft and usurpation charges filed against Aquino last Aug. 22, while the Supreme Court denied a petition to charge the former president with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide last Sept. 3.

Both charges stemmed from the Mamasapano clash, in which 44 Special Action Force policemen were killed during an operation to capture terrorists.

The story has around 7,500 interactions on Facebook and was shared to 68 Facebook pages.

Multiple websites have also reposted the same article throughout 2018 and 2019, such as News Box PH, Balitang Updates and DDS Online PH. (GA, EB, BM)


Almario, A. & Garcia, P. (2019, September 3). Supreme Court upholds junking of homicide raps vs. Aquino over Mamasapano encounter. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2019/9/3/supreme-court-noynoy-aquino-mamasapano-homicide.html

Balitang Updates (2019, August 01). SA WAKAS! EX PRES. NOYNOY AQUINO, BABASAHAN NA NG SAKDAL SA SANDIGANBAYAN 4TH DIVISION!PANOORIN. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/save/https://balitangupdates.blogspot.com/2019/08/finally-noynoy-aquino-babasahan-na-ng.html

DDS Online. (2018, January 12). MUST WATCH : PNOY, BABASAHAN NG SAKDAL NGAYONG ARAW! NAUDLOT?! Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/save/http://ddsonlineph.blogspot.com/2018/01/pnoy-babasahan-ng-sakdal.html

News 5. (2018, January 11). Dating pangulong Noynoy Aquino, babasahan ng sakdal kaugnay ng pumalpak na operasyon sa Mamasapano [Video file]. Retrieved from https://web.facebook.com/News5Everywhere/videos/1112160028940750/

News Box PH (2019, October 26). Finally! Noynoy Aquino, babasahan na ng sakdal sa Sandiganbayan 4th division! Panoorin. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/save/https://newsboxesph.blogspot.com/2019/10/sa-wakas-ex-pres-noynoy-aquino.html

Office of the Ombudsman. (2017, July 14). Former President Aquino to face trial for Mamasapano tragedy. Retrieved from https://www.ombudsman.gov.ph/former-president-aquino-to-face-trial-for-mamasapano-tragedy/

Ong-ki, C.N. (2019, August 22). Sandiganbayan withdraws Aquino’s Mamasapano charges. Manila Bulletin. Retrieved from https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/08/22/sandiganbayan-withdraws-aquinos-mamasapano-charges/

Pinas Trends News. (2019, November 16). SA WAKAS! EX PRES. NOYNOY AQUINO, BABASAHAN NA NG SAKDAL SA SANDIGANBAYAN 4TH DIVISION! Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/save/http://www.pinastrends.xyz/2019/11/sa-wakas-ex-pres-noynoy-aquino.html