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Aquino charged in budget case

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MANILA (AFP) – Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino has been indicted in a $1.35 billion criminal case over his failure to get congressional approval to use state funds to jump-start major government projects. The money became a source of controversy during Aquino’s term from 2010-2016, with critics claiming he used it to barter favours from legislators. He denies any wrongdoing. The charge, filed last week but only made public yesterday, alleges he violated the constitution’s separation of powers.

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