Aquino ready to face raps – Palace

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A Malacañang official on Sunday said President Benigno Aquino 3rd and members of his Cabinet are ready to face whatever charges would be slapped against them in the future.

“If we will be accused and be held responsible [for anything], that is part of our job,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. added.

In an interview aired over state-run Radyo ng Bayan, Coloma was asked to react on a statement made by recently disqualified Laguna Gov. Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito that his family is being politically persecuted.

Ejercito, who was unseated by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for campaign overspending, said he wants to see Aquino in jail after his term, vowing “babalik ang agila [the eagle shall return]in 2016.”


Coloma admitted that the President, his Cabinet and other officials in his administration are all “accountable” under the Constitution.

“President Aquino and all those who serve in government are all accountable officers. Under the Constitution, a public office is a public trust,” he said, adding that the President and his men are expected to abide by the law and the basic principles of good governance.

“All our actions should comply with the Constitution and other laws of the Republic. We know these basic principles which we use as guide in the performance of our duties,” Coloma said.

Months ago, a militant group filed plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman against Aquino, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and 10 others for their alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

Pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles and her brother John Lim, and pork scam whistleblower Merlina Suñas were also named respondents.

Based on audit reports of the National Agri-Business Corp. or Nabcor, a government corporation under the Agriculture department, at least P1.35 billion in pork barrel funds was misused from 2007 to 2011.

Government auditors said the biggest chunk of the Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel of lawmakers was coursed through Nabcor.

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas explained that the President was included in the complaint by virtue of the “Doctrine of Qualified Political Agency,” wherein acts committed by department secretaries under the executive department are deemed acts of the President.

No criminal complaint against the President, however, can flourish while he is in office because he is immune from suit.

The Aquino administration is also expected to face a slew of charges in connection with implementation of the Disbursement Acceleration Program, which was used in justifying quick releases of “savings” from slow-moving projects to fast-moving ones.

But the Supreme Court, in a landmark ruling in July, declared parts of the program as unconstitutional, especially on matters of “cross-border” fund releases.

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  1. Iyan ang mga lalaki, kung may ginawang mali ( kung meron man ) ay di natatakot harapin ang kanilang pagkakamali at makulong sa KATUTUHANAN. Meron naman sa cabinet din ni Pnoy na nagpasabi na haharap sya sa mother BRC ng Senado ngunit ang pinadala ay si JV at Tobi, hinamon ng debate ang magdalo pero ayaw dumalo, hinamon ng debate ng kumpareng hilaw para que pa daw, tapos na. Ayaw harapin o naduwag sa KATUTUHANAN.
    Ayaw ng Pilipino na leader na duwag, harapin sana nya sa debate maski si dati nyang vice-mayor Ernesto Mercado upang ang KATUTUHANAN WILL SET HIM FREE at huwag nagtatago sa ilalim ng palda ng nakapiring na babae na may hawak na timbangan, di ba BAYAN?

  2. Huwag pasisigurado dahil may isa pang taon,marami ng pondo ang mga ito para magbayad sa lahat ng nasa posisyon at marami silang negosyanteng backup!

  3. P. Akialamiro@yahoo.com on

    Has he, and many of this cabinet members, any choice in case there are valid reasons to believe that they broke the law?

  4. P. Akialamiro@yahoo.com on

    Has he, and many of this cabinet members, have any choice in case there are valid reasons to believe that they broke the law?

  5. “If we will be accused and be held responsible [for anything], that is part of our job,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. added.

    Don’t worry a bit Mr Co(lo)ma, you will surely be not just slapped but tsumai-ed with cases left, right, up and down starting at 12:00:01 am of July 1, 2016 or even earlier (dapat).

  6. “All our actions should comply with the Constitution and other laws of the Republic. We know these basic principles which we use as guide in the performance of our duties,” Coloma said.

    Just in word but not in deed. DAP is the proof of inconsistency with Coloma statement. Make up could not make a monkey looks human no matter what you will do.

  7. The balancing factor and the payback time in all the acts of man is provided by God Himself. He did not create time to be permanent. Earthly time is always transient. Everything comes to an end and there is no stopping this reality. This means that the people of this country will have their chance to seek justice for the crimes committed against them by the incumbent illegitimate president and his oppression of the people by his selective justice and his covering up and shielding of his allies and staff who are his cahoots in the brigandry of our national coffers.

    We have seen corruption even in the time of GMA. But it was never as gargantuan as the corruption in the Abnoy’s illegitimate rule. And he trumpets his “tuwid na daan” everywhere. I have no doubt he is referring to the straight way to where there is gnashing of teeth and fire that does not consume.

  8. Aquino ready to face charges? Brave words from the spokesman of the Pork King. Why wouldn’t he be confident in the face of harsh criticism about his being corrupt and being most inept President? Why? He had the members of Congress wrapped around his fingers through his much abused and misused pork barrel and DAP dole-outs! Let’s see how brave he will be if an Opposition President gets elected in 2016. When Penoy languishes in detention like Gloria Arroyo, he will eat his “brave” words.