The outspoken bishop urged President Benigno Aquino 3rd to start packing his things including his “cigarettes,” before his term of office ends.
Lingayen-Dagupan Arch-bishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, tongue in cheek but dripping with stinging venom, said Aquino needs to fly away to a place where there is no “extradition treaty” with the Philippines because Filipinos will chase him, stacking him full of court suits.
Cruz likening Aquino to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said that “he will also seek for house and hospital arrest”.
“He [Aquino] will not be easily ousted now, but let us see what will happen after his adminis-tration,” Cruz said.
The prelate added that Aquino will be easily vulnerable after his administration, noting that the Senate and Congress will no longer be “in his pockets.”
“He will never be put down now because he has still the power,” Cruz added.
According to Senator Ralph Recto, Aquino will face possible criminal charges after his term unless Malacañang accounts for billions of pesos in the gov-ernment’s share of revenues from the operation of oil and gas wells in Malampaya off Palawan province.
Recto, citing his study of Department of Budget and Management (DBM) documents, alleged that the government had collected some P170-billion in revenues from the Malampaya project since 2002.
He added that during Arroyo’s administration she disbursed P25-billion, and the Aquino administration, P15-billion, leaving a balance of P130 billion in the Malampaya Fund.
“If you ask the DBM about the P130 billion that we have collected in cash, it’s gone,” Recto said.
“I’m not blaming the Aquino administration here. I’m just saying, ‘Let’s put our house in order.’” he clarified.
The PDAF also known as pork barrel became an issue after several lawmakers were im-plicated to the P10-billion pesos scam where they aligned their funds to dubious None-Gov-ernment Organizations (NGOs) of Janet Lim-Napoles who is allegedly the brains behind the anomalies.