Philippine agency recommends graft charges against ex-president Aquino
There was "probable cause" to charge Aquino for "usurping the powers of Congress" in approving requests to spend 72 billion pesos ($1.35 billion) in 2012, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said.
The Philippine anti-graft agency on Wednesday recommended charges of corruption against former president Benigno Aquino, for disbursing more than a billion dollars of state funds without the required approval of Congress.
Aquino, the only son of democracy icon and former leader Corazon Aquino, also faces separate charges of negligence over the deaths of 44 police commandos in 2015 in a botched counter-insurgency operation that marked the biggest crisis of his presidency, from 2010 to 2016.
Aquino's budget secretary, Florencio Abad, was indicted on Wednesday for the same offence. Abad made no immediate comment.
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