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.