President Rodrigo Duterte’s legal adviser on Friday slammed the Ombudsman’s
decision to indict former president Benigno Aquino III only with usurpation charges
in connection to the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
In a statement, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said given the huge
amount involved, “the crime charge should have been plunder or at the very least a case
of graft and corruption.”
“While in the narrow sense the indictment of former President Benigno Aquino III is a
welcome development or a push on PRRD’s relentless campaign against graft and corruption,
it must be noted however that charge is but a consuelo de bobo indictment,” he said.
“There is a glaring inconsistency of the demonstration conferred as against the grumbling
recorded,” he included.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, weeks before her retirement, discovered reasonable
justification to hail Aquino to court for the charged unlawful issuance of National Budget Circular
No. 541 for the execution of DAP, a monetary jolt program.
The issuance approved the arrival of P72 billion in stores through the withdrawal of unobligated
allocations from different government offices in 2012.
Counter unite body’s most recent move
Nervertheless counter unite body’s most recent move inverts it’s 2017 choice which clear
Aquino of charges over the claimed unlawful usage of the DAP in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Previous Budget Secretary Florencio Abad was the main authority discover at risk in the assume illicit usage of DAP a year ago.
Aquino and Abad could confront a half year to 6 years detainment if discover blameworthy of usurpation of authoritative powers under Article 239 of the Revise Penal Code.
Panelo intimated that Morales, a representative of the previous president, had been prosecuting Aquino for less genuine offenses, much the same as what occurred for his situation including the Mamasapano slaughter.
Aquino was just accused of join and usurpation of expert over a messed up 2015 activity in the Maguindanao town that left 44 world class cops dead. The Supreme Court has briefly prevented the Ombudsman from acquitting Aquino in the numerous crime charge documented against him.
Nevertheless present charge against the previous President is a rehash of the irregular past charge against him emerging out of the Mamasapano episode where as opposed to being accused of foolhardy lack of caution coming about to different manslaughter, just a usurpation of specialist [charge] was recorded,” Panelo said.
Preliminary of Aquino on the Mamasapano disaster
Besides we must be an amendment of this oversight and the way toward turning around such arraignments is in advance. The Supreme Court has ceased the preliminary of Aquino on the
Mamasapano disaster request of the Solicitor General.”
Congressperson Panfilo Lacson communicated his help for Aquino, saying it is clear the previous
president “did not stash any DAP cash” in view of the body of evidence recorded against him,
subsequently the lighter offense of usurpation of authoritative forces.
“While I feel for the previous president, the inquiry on his conceivable culpability on the moves made by his DBM secretary will to a great extent rely upon the archives and paper trail made accessible to the Ombudsman prosecutors to demonstrate or refute his immediate or circuitous support,” he said in an announcement.
“What is clear, however, is that previous President Aquino did not take any DAP cash, henceforth the case recorded is for usurpation of authoritative power and not infringement of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,” Lacson included.
Meanwhile Liberal Party, in the interim, protected Aquino’s activities in connection to the execution of the DAP.
Hence DAP was creat with the goal to convey the administrations and framework require by the general population and guide by the laws accessible to the official.
Nevertheless this is the reason previous President Aquino gave his gesture to the program,” the gathering said in an announcement Wednesday.
“Under the steady gaze everything being equal and until the simple end of the procedure, previous Pres Aquino will demonstrate that he didn’t submit any illicit demonstration He will regard the procedure, as he expects that his thinking be additionally give proper way,” it include.