Palace defends Aquino from ‘ruthless’ tirade


Malacañang on Sunday downplayed claims that President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s administration “ruthlessly cut down its enemies.”

Fr. Ranhilio Aquino-Callangan, dean of the San Beda College’s Graduate School of Law, has deplored the administration’s “less than nice way” in treats its political enemies.

We do not agree because from the start, the government has allowed free expression of opinions even if the view espoused may be against that of the government,” said Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in an interview with dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Coloma stressed that the Aquino administration argues with reason.

“Gumagamit po tayo ng mga kongkretong datos para ipakita ‘yung posisyon ng pamahalaan. At sa lahat ng pagkakataon ay naging handa namang makipagpalitan ng kuro-kuro sa isang maayos na paraan na naaayon sa diwa ng isang demokrasya [We use concrete data to explain the position of the government. And at all times we are ready to exchange views in a proper way and in accordance with the spirit of democracy],” he added.

Callangan earlier pointed out that the Aquino administration ousted many appointees of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and had “caused Ombudsman [Merceditas Gutierrez] to resign.”

“It impeached a Chief Justice by buying the votes of senators. It has caused the prosecution and detention of senators not on the Yellow Side,” he said.

The dean also claimed that at the same time, Aquino has been soft on his allies who have gotten their share of controversy.

He also called the government “hypocritical” for targeting Vice President Jejomar Binay.

“It is clear that he is hounded now to destroy his chances at the presidency,” the priest said, claiming that Binay’s inquisitors did in fact profit from wrongdoing such as receiving allocations from the Disbursement Acceleration Fund.


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  1. If you ask most Filipinos, local and those residing outside of the country, what they think about the Philippine government, most will say, they are all corrupt. So it seems that corruption is part of the Philippine culture. Perhaps it tis more rampant now than before because of the easy access to internet
    reporting. Filipinos are not stupid, some just give up because they can’t do anything about it, or migrate to a better place. Having said that, all Filipinos with the help of those, specially with influence, like the good Fr.Callangan and the CBCP HIERARCHY, plus other serious religious institutions can help find that candidate for President in 2016, who is brutally honest, fearless but fair, scrupulous, with no political agenda to remain in power in order to enrich himself, but only to rebuild this country with jobs for its people so our brothers and sisters need not go outside of the country to support their family, At the end, we hope to have a President that Filipinos can emulate and be proud of. With God’s grace this person can be found. With due respect to all potential presidential candidates thus far, do not qualify, because they are all tainted with corruption? May God bless the country and its people.