• Aquino will finish term in 2016­ – allies

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    President Benigno Aquino 3rd will finish his term in 2016 even if the Supreme Court (SC) declares with finality the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as illegal, his allies at the House of Representatives said on Monday.

    Reps. Elpidio Barzaga of Dasmariñas (Cavite) and Ashley Acedillo of Magdalo party-list gave the assurance in reaction to a story of The Manila Times that the SC is set to junk the Palace’s motion to reconsider its ruling declaring some portions of the DAP as unconstitutional.

    The DAP is a spending program that allowed agencies under the executive branch to declare its unspent appropriations as savings at anytime and to realign these with the administration’s priority projects, including those proposed by lawmakers.

    But the High Court ruled that such declaration was illegal since it violated Congress’ power of the purse.

    “I don’t think a destabilization plot or an impeachment [complaint against the President]will prosper. The mere fact that the Supreme Court declares an act of the President unconstitutional does not necessarily mean that the President committed an impeachable offense,” Barzaga, one of the party-leaders of the National Union Party (NUP) allied with the majority coalition in the House of Representatives, said in a text message.

    Grounds for impeachment include culpable or willful violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption and betrayal of public trust.

    The majority bloc in the House has at least 250 members and is composed of the ruling Liberal Party, NUP, Nationalist People’s Coalition, Nacionalista Party, party-list groups, and even the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), the opposition bloc in the Senate.

    “Besides, it is the House of Representatives that has the exclusive and sole authority to determine what is an impeachable offense,” Barzaga, a lawyer, said.

    Acedillo, a former Air Force combat pilot who participated in at least two coup attempts during the Arroyo administration, shared Barzaga’s sentiments but expects critics to pound on the DAP issue until the commencement of the 2016 elections.

    “I will not underestimate the motives of the opposition and the left-leaning groups in coming up with a concerted demolition effort to impugn and discredit the administration if and when the Supreme Court upholds its previous ruling, but I do not expect either a destabilization or impeachment move against the President,” Acedillo said in a separate text message.

    The High Court declared the DAP unconstitutional in July.

    A few days alter, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, a retired Supreme Court justice, said her office will investigate the DAP issue.

    Result of the independent probe is yet to be disclosed.

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    1. Was it Steven Covey who said when you plan anything think of the end before beginning. Pnoy’s term is ending and this is inevitable so that let us hope and even pray that whatever pnoy thinks of doing now he will be looking at the end so that perhaps he might finally do the right things. Hope springs eternal it is said so despite his many faults I want to believe still that this man is capable of repairing the potholes of his “tuwid na daan”. May God have mercy on this country and its people and sustain us until the end and bless us with a new beginning with better leaders I pray.

    2. Panahon-Panahon lang yan!hayaan na ninyong matapos si Aquino!kung masama man ang nangyayari ngayon!mapagtitiisan pa ito,kaysa sa sinasabi ng NTC na alisin Na siya!
      Kung ngayon ay maalis siya anong scenario ang makikita,malamang mabulabog ang mga buhaya Na naghihitay lang ng pagkakataon!ang magmagnakaw galit sa kapwa magnanakaw!
      Ang nagtitis at naghihitay may mabuting makukuha!
      Wag ipairal ang emosyon dahil maraming inosete ang madadamay!

    3. Maybe PNoy’s allies and the legislathieves have some shame in them. Will they turn against PNoy by abandoning him or impeach him after receiving millions and millions of bribes from him? No they will not, in fact they may do extra-judicial moves to keep PNoy in position so these thieves can continue receiving bribes from PNoy.

    4. Sana lahat ng mga balimbing o hindi na mga SenaTongs at Tongressmen na mag sponsor ng bill na magpapatupad ng ban sa mga DYNASTIES na sinasaad ng 1987 CORY CONSTITUTION sa amend ang terms of office ng lahat ng elected officials sa 2 terms na 4 years at walang muli re-election sa dating position na kanilang na occupied o sa mas mababang position. Gayahin sana ng mga politicians si CORY, FVR at ngayon si Pnoy NA HINDI NA MULING TATAKBO SA ANO MAN POSITION MATAPOS ANG KANILANG TERMINO AT DI GAYA NILA EX-PRESIDENTS REP. GMA AT MAYOR ESTRADA. Sana mag-pasa ng ” WALANG BALIKAN BILL ” ang mga kasalukuyan SENATONGS at TONGRESSMEN na nagbabawal sa lahat ng elected officials na TUMAKBONG MULI MATAPOS ANG KANILANG TWO TERMS OF 4 YEARS SA DATING POSITION O MAS MABABANG POSITION KUNDI SA SUSUNOD O MAS MATAAS PANG POSITION. SA GANITONG PARAAN, SA 3 DEKADA AY MAPAPA-TUPAD NANG AUTOMATIKO ANG 1987 CORY CONSTITUTION NA HINDI RANDAM NG MGA KASALUKUYAN MGA BALIMBING AT SAKIM NA MGA POLITIKO AT PAMILYA.

      Examples :
      1) SILA CORY, FVR at NOYNOY ay di tumakbong muli sa pagka-pangulo pagkat ang PANGULO AY PINAKAMATAAS NA POSITION SA BANSA at di gaya ng mga SAKIM SA KAPANGYARIHAN NA SILA ERAP AT GMA NA NAGIN EX- PRESIDENT AY NALULUNOK NA TAWAGIN SILANG MAYOR AT CONGRESSWOMAN.
      2) Si VP Binay ay pwede lang TUMAKBONG SA PAGKA-PANGULO AT HINDI NA SYA PWEDE PANG MULING TUMAKBO NG ANO MAN POSITION GAYA NG MAYOR NG MAKATI.
      3) SILA KIKO PANGILINAN, PING LACSON AY HINDI NA PWEDENG MULING TIMAKBONG SENADOR KUNDI VICE-PRESIDENT LAMANG PAGKA’T SA ” WALANG BALIKAN BILL “, KUNG MAGING BATAS, AY HINDI NA SILA PWEDENG TUMAKBO PA MULI SILA PAGKA SENADOR O MAS MABABANG POSITION PA GANONG DIN SI MAYOR DUTERTE AT HAGEDORN AY HINDI NA PWEDENG TUMAKBONG MAYORS O VICE-MAYORS KUNDI SA GOVERNOR O MAS MATAAS NA POSITION.
      SA AKING TANTSA, MATAPOS ANG 3 DEKADA, AY MAWAWALA NA ANG FAMILY POLITICAL DYNASTIES NA SALOT SA ATIN BANSA KUNG MAGING BATAS ANG “WALANG BALIKAN BILL”, DI BA…

    5. There is serious doubt that the Abnoy can finish his term in the light of the demand of the NTC, and in the light of the UN closing in on him as the no. 1 perpetrator of human rights abuses and untold corruption. The news of his illegitimacy as president and the corruption of his government has already gone viral.

      Here and abroad we do have such a shameful reputation now. Not only is the present government being probed for human rights abuses, we are also being lambasted right in the UN session halls for the corruption of the Abnoy’s government. The Philippines is being asked to give up our membership. Consider this: http://youtu.be/nco72yX3E2M , where we are being warned by the UN to give up our membership due to unstemmed corruption in the abnoy’s government. This Youtube video has gone viral already and all point to the Abnoy as the principal mischief maker and no. 1 perpetrator of corruption in our country. No doubt, he is living true to form as the most corrupt president we ever had and the worst of all.

      No other president fake or not has ever been prompted by the UN to give up the membership of the country in the UN. What a great shame for us, considering that it was a Filipino who was one of the founding fathers of the UN, and signatory to its original Charter in 1946, the very eminent Carlos P. Romulo, president of the UN General Assembly in 1949. Now, it is just a mental retardate undoing what a great man had done for the country.