The “Tuwid na Daan” (right path) propaganda of Malacanang is askew because it shields close associates and allies of President Benigno Aquino 3rd who are accused of anomalies but vilify his administration’s perceived political enemies, an official of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has said.
“The ‘Tuwid na Daan’ is askew. If you’re an ally of the administration and have a pending case, the records disappear. The truth has been bent to shield the President’s allies,” said JV Bautista, UNA interim secretary general.
Bautista issued the statement even as he scored the Department of Justice (DOJ) for apparently ignoring calls to investigate the reported disappearance of the case folder containing records of the death in 2002 of the alleged lover of former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado.
Bautista said he believes the disappearance of the case folder could be part of the deal that Mercado cut in exchange for his testimony against Vice President Jejomar Binay.
He said only the DOJ can accommodate such a deal and has the power to expunge records at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) which is under the department.
“It’s curious that the NBI records on the investigation into the death of Raquel Ambrosio disappeared at a time when it was revealed that the incident happened in Mercado’s condominium. It is only the DOJ that has access and authority over the NBI,” said Bautista.
Ambrosio, the daughter of the late comedian Babalu, was found dead inside the condominium unit owned by Mercado in 2002 with a bullet wound in her stomach.
“I hope [Justice] Secretary Leila de Lima has a good excuse as to why the records of Raquel Ambrosio all of a sudden disappeared from the NBI vaults. There are still questions surrounding the mysterious death of Mercado’s live-in partner and now the NBI is saying that the records are missing. How convenient can that be?” Bautista said.
Mercado is under the DOJ’s Witness Protection Program (WPP).
“This is clearly in exchange for Mercado’s testimony in the Senate, let’s not fool ourselves. We have yet to hear a satisfactory answer from Secretary De Lima,” he said.
Bautista also urged De Lima to make public the five-and-a-half-hour video of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles detailing the circumstances surrounding the PDAF and Malampaya Fund scams and how Budget Secretary Florencio Abad coached her how to set up fake non-government organizations.