• PALACE UNFAZED BY PRESIDENT’SIMPEACHMENT RAP

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    Malacañang is unfazed by the impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino 3rd over fund releases from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

    Lawyer Oliver Lozano on Thursday filed the complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman, saying the President had admitted appropriating the P72-billion DAP “without due appropriation from Congress” which has the sole power of the purse.

    The President had challenged his critics to file an impeachment case if they believe the DAP fund releases that he authorized were illegal.

    On Friday, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte alluded to the President’s dare.

    ”As the President has said, then if anybody should wish to . . . If they believe in that strongly enough or that they believe in the correctness of the position then we will meet any challenges head on,” Valte said.

    ”We can ably defend the position on the creation as well as the use of the Executive of the DAP,” she added.

    Valte said the Solicitor General has not received a copy of Lozano’s petition but “rest assured that the Solicitor General will be ready to defend the position of the Executive.”

    In his complaint, Lozano said a portion of the DAP was used to bribe lawmakers who impeached chief justice Renato Corona last year.

    And in his column in The Manila Times on Friday, Ambassador Rigoberto Tiglao said data from the Budget department confirmed that each senator-judge during the Corona trial received an extra P100-million in their pork barrel.

    But Valte maintained that Malacañang did not bribe senators into convicting Corona.

    ”We’ve already sufficiently answered these allegations about the releases and to this day those explanations hold,” Valte replied when asked by The Times to explain why DAP funds were released during and right after the trial.

    Senate President Franklin Drilon admitted getting P100 million worth of disbursements after Corona’s conviction, but insisted that it was not a bribe.

    Valte said the DAP funds were for projects requested by the senators.

    ”The idea really is to be able to help pick up public spending; and second to help the agencies improve their absorptive capacities,” she said .

    President Aquino has suspended the release of DAP funds to lawmakers following allegations that of pork barrel misuse.

    The Budget department will release the list of projects funded by DAP, Valte said.

    ”They are working on it today [Friday]. Hopefully, they will be able to give you—to upload the list as soon as they can,” she added.

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    1. One thing I learned about Filipinos is if we really wanted to do something, we will do it. So if they weren’t able to meet their target, it means that the Filipinos are tired of it. Not because it’s office hours.

      This Pork Barrel protest is what we call “Sobra na”. I mean, yeah we get it that the PDAF should be abolished. But when they keep on riding the same horse over and over again, people will get tired of it.

      And the Pork Barrel protests of today is way different than the first one. The first protest was more on Public Sympathy and Anger. No politics, and especially no commies (I heard that they got booed as well). But the following protest are just ways to destabilize and derail the image PNoy’s government. Which is not gonna be successful, because no matter what they say, it’s still not enough to counter the things that PNoy did to our country. Like, continuous economic growth, transparency, and his anti-corruption campaign. He might f*cked this DAP issue up, but compared to GMA’s scandals this is nothing.

    2. everything has it own right time and place to dispute the controversies, that’s why we have ombudsman, sandiganbayan,court of appeals and the the supreme court. we have to give the benefit of a doubt in every circumstances, not hearsays…it must be proven in court in this way we can tell to everybody that he is guilty or not..

    3. Roledan Guerrero on

      Congress is the only and sole authority that could initiate impeachment and Pinoy has a well fortified fortress by using bribery to hang in power. Despite his lack of intellectual capability he will stay safely in Malacanyang Palace for a period of 2yrs and 8mos. If the Filipino people are sensitive of Aquinos abuse, an unfriendly President should be the successor and by this just like GMA his mentor will also land i jail.

    4. An action from the military in tandem with the Pilipino people is the only way these thieves can be kicked out from power. A complete overhaul of the government is needed. If this is done, the new government should exclude all those people who have been elected and/or appointed to any government position, including their relatives up to the 3rd degree of consanguinity.

    5. For a first world country, any fund released to stimulate the economy is welcomed because its good for the country. You may have read, that funds of this sort were prevalent during the global financial crisis, or whenever the economy is slow. It is to boost economic activities which create jobs for the people. It promotes growth and stimulates the economy. But in the Philippines, some lawmakers mistake this form of funds. I.e. DAP as bribe. Something to do with the mind set I guess. Funny it may seem that some lawmakers try desperately to linked the DAP to the ousting of a corrupt chief justice. These plunderers & their friends are just looking for a way out and trying to distract people’s attention from them. Do not be deceived. You have been fooled all these years. Wake up! Get serious, eradicate disease in all government post. Support a sincere and honest president.Aim for a good government. Good luck!

    6. Our country must really be a CHOSEN one. Despite the massive corruption of all its leaders, for generations, the Philippines is still on its two feet. No country in Europe or North America can ever survive in the same condition. Now, let’s get rid of this tumors before the country really gets sick of cancer.

    7. How long will valte cover up for these leaders that are thieves and without concience plunder the wealth of the pilipino people. Corruptors your days are numbered. God heard the cry of the pilipino people and sees their suffering. Pilipino people, let us unite in exposing the truth. The truth shall make all of us free.