BENIGNO Aquino II, widely known as PNoy during his 2010-to-2016 presidential term, is facing charges not for stealing public money but for usurping official functions.
It was not even he who actually usurped functions. PNP chief Alan Purisima allegedly did. PNoy, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ruled, as president “conspired with” or “failed to prevent” Purisima from acting as PNP chief even though he was suspended at the time the January 2015 Mamasampano operation was conducted and spectacularly botched.
Slow down a bit on the charges that Morales approved. How could he be “conspiring with” Purisima (and SAF chief Getulio Napeñas) and at the same time “failing to prevent” Purisima from still acting as PNP chief? She must still not be sure if PNoy “conspired” with them; thus, the fallback that he failed to “prevent” it.
It’s also graft
The law calls it graft although nobody was enriched and the state didn’t lose money, which is the layman’s understanding of graft. The act of graft was PNoy’s alleged “persuasion, inducement, or influence” on suspended Purisima for him to continue acting as PNP chief and violate the law or the rules while doing so.
What to prove
Prosecutors have to prove:
PNoy allowed Purisima to usurp functions;
Purisima did usurp those functions; and
PNoy conspired with Purisima and Napeñas in the usurpation of functions.