Groups ready criminal raps vs Aquino, Abad

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A militant youth group said on Tuesday President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad would be held accountable for inventing and abusing the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (SC).

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Rep. Terry Ridon announced that his group will prepare the charges against the officials involved in its implementation.

“We will push through with the impeachment raps against Aquino and malversation charges against Abad. They need to be held accountable for abusing public funds,” Ridon said in a statement.

The lawmaker noted that with the Supreme Court declaring DAP unconstitutional, they now have a “solid ground” to impeach Aquino for culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust, both of which are impeachable offenses.

Ridon said his group, along with other youth organizations including Youth Act Now will file the charges even if the House of Representatives is full of allies of the President.

Under the 1987 Constitution, a vote of one-third of the chamber is needed to impeach the President.

“It is a daunting task, but we are prepared to fight,” Ridon said.

“Abad clearly committed malversation in crafting and implementing the multibillion peso DAP. We will file the appropriate charges against him at the soonest,” the party-list lawmaker added.

“The Filipino people need to make this arrogant administration accountable for implementing an illegal scheme that only served to further the administration’s political motives and perpetuate political patronage in government. To succeed, the Filipino people must stand united in the fight,” Ridon said.

But allies of the President vowed to block any attempt to impeach the President.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. and Representatives Romero Quimbo and Ben Evardone said Aquino should not be impeached because of the controversial program.

“No, he cannot be impeached [over DAP]. It was done in good faith and he had good intentions. DAP is a long-standing practice. [There will be] no votes [for impeachment],” Belmonte, the vice chairman of the ruling Liberal Party, said in a text message.

Quimbo, a lawyer like Belmonte, backed the Speaker by arguing that any impeachment complaint filed on the basis of the SC decision on DAP will not fly because DAP was not yet deemed illegal when it was implemented in 2011.

“Before the ruling on DAP, there is nothing clear as far as the rules on how savings are to be used or allocated under our tripartite system [of executive, legislative and judiciary]. On the contrary, DAP was simply an attempt by the administration to formalize the practice being done by previous administrations. Prior to the decision, DAP was in fact, legal,” he noted.

“These circumstances clearly will not make DAP of such a character as to make it a culpable violation of the Constitution,” Quimbo said.

Evardone agreed that the President cannot be impeached over a program which contributed to the country’s economic growth.

“The planned impeachment case against President Aquino based on the Supreme Court ruling on DAP is premature, baseless and will not hold water. We have absolute control of the majority coalition. We will not support any move to initiate impeachment versus the President just on that issue,” he said.

But Rep. Joselito Atienza of Buhay Hayaang Yumabong party-list said Abad should resign.

“The brains behind the DAP—Budget Secretary Butch Abad—who claims to be patriotic, should now be resigning to pave the way for an impartial investigation of this [DAP]. He should also make a complete accounting of how much was disbursed under this illegal program that he concocted, according to his own admission,” the former Manila mayor added.

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  1. eltee mulawin on

    >>> Nguyngoy S.Cojuangco-Aquino, Florencio Abad, Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Romero Quimbo and Ben Evardone ….lahat kayo ay dapat tanggalan ng tainga at dila o kaya ay ratratin ng mga tao or ng mga motorcycle tandem.
    ANG SAKSAKAN AT PINAKA-MAKAPAL NA MGA MUKHA NINYO !!!!!

  2. I wish this would go through, it is about time this man in malacanang and his alalays should be penalized for abusing the money that belongs to the poor. Have they ever thought about the hungry children on the streets, the children selling peanuts on buses, and the families sleeping on the sidewalks at night? NO, because if they did, they would have a stab of conscience and give that money to the needy instead of furthering their motives and unnecessary revenge. Abnoy nga talaga ano?

  3. ThunderousCloud on

    “Quimbo, a lawyer like Belmonte, backed the Speaker by arguing that any impeachment complaint filed on the basis of the SC decision on DAP will not fly because DAP was not yet deemed illegal when it was implemented in 2011.” — did I read Quimbo right? Not deemed illegal when it was implemented in 2011? Are you sure pumasa ka sa bar? It was already declared UNCONSTITUTIONAL by the highest court of the land, wake up Quimbo, wake up!!!!

  4. HINDI NILA PWEDE I IMPEACH SI PNOY – KASI “ALL FOR ONE – ONE FOR ALL”. IN SHORT GANG PO YAN CONGRESS AT SENATE NA YAN!!! MGA FILIPINO LEGAL CRIMINALS…

  5. Speaker Belmonte said it was done in good faith and had a good intentions. There will be no votes for impeachment. How can there be good faith and good intentions if malacañang use it to bribe the congressmen and senators. Imagine 4 billion pesos was released to congressman who endorse the impeachment of SC Corona devide it by 15 million. 266 congressman received 15 million each. Did COA made an accounting for that? Speaker was right in saying that there will be no votes for BSA impeachment Bayad na sila!
    Sen. Jinggoy in his previllaged speech that 20 senators received 50-100 million pesos additional PDAP. Did COA made an accounting for that additional bribe money to convict SC Corona? None I think.

  6. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

    Now that the Supreme Court decided that the DAP and also the PDAP are all
    unconstitutional, it becomes the duty of every decent Filipino to do the right
    thing. To file the necessary charges against this abnoy and abad. We call
    upon the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and to all these who have the guts to pursue charges against these crocodiles. Kong wala si abnoy at abad na corrupt
    wala sanang mahirap sa Pilipinas. By the way, what is the military as protector of
    the people doing? Maliwanag na maliwanag na na itong abnoy at abad ay
    ginagamit na nila ang pera ng bayan sa kanilang kapakanan. Maupo na lang ba
    kayo. Or did you share also from the loot?

  7. ” IGNORANCE OF THE LAW, MORE SO OF THE CONSTITUTION BY A PRESIDENT WHO SWORE OVER THE BIBLE TO DEPEND IT, IS UNEXCUSABLE and NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW” TONGRESSMEN. BELMONTE, QUIMBO, EVARDONE AND ALL LIBERAL TONGRESSMEN, DI BA BAYAN?

  8. Sir continue on this fight. this allies of this administration soon the ax will fall on them. What would you expect, they themselves will protect each other to hide their true colors and mismanagement of the government funds. If congress and senate will go against Pnoy, then they will be also drag in this mother of all anomalous and malicious scheme of this administration and their allies. Rise up and fight against these people of satans.

  9. “a program which contributed to the country’s economic growth”. Did the P50million average each given to the Senators after the Corona impeachment contributed to economic growth?

  10. Niven Hertez on

    Go ahead and file impeachment. You know it will not prosper. And by the way, be sure to elect a saint next time (if you can find one). Do not forget thought to thank Pnoy for providing you the best landscape ever (where you can express and do anything you want under the sun) with an independent SC. You deserve a Marcos, an Estrada and an Arroyo.

  11. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

    At least we have a group of concerned citizens in the likes of Rep. Ridon who
    take the cudgels for the ordinary Filipino. At least we have people like him who
    have the guts to stand up when things goes wrong. We have a government
    of laws and not of men and not a president who does not know his law. And,
    certainly not Abad who is out to pleased his patron Abnoy no matter what. It is
    very obvious that this Abad a clear stooges of Abnoy is up to satisfy his whims
    regardless of whether they violate the constitution. This Evardone too is barking
    like a mad dog. What is he talking that this Abnoy cannot be impeach because the funds were used for the country’s growth. If that is the line of reasoning that these
    stooges of malacanang are are saying, then all filipinos should act as if they are
    Robin Hood. To remind this Evardone, THE END DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE MEANS.
    Hence, if one violates the law especially this president abnoy who was sworned to
    protect and upheld the law and do justice to every Filipino is worst that an ordinary
    violator. Hence, by all means these people like abnoy and abad should held
    accountable and punished.