SENATE President Franklin Drilon is in a legal quandary again after a former lawmaker filed a plunder charge against him for issuing the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) in exchange for assuring the conviction of the former chief justice of the Supreme Court.
In 42-page complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, former Rep. Augusto Syjuco of Iloilo province again charged Drilon of plunder. Drilon also hails from Iloilo.
According to Syjuco, Drilon facilitated the release of P1 billion worth of DAP in exchange for convicting former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona in May 2012.
“The conviction and removal from office of (Corona) was ensured by Drilon at a very high price, the amount, a staggering P1,010,500,000,” Syjuco said in the complaint.
Syjuco said that this “whopping amount” was used to bribe and pay off senator-judges to vote for the conviction and impeachment of Corona, his complaint read.
John Constantine G. Cordon