US Pinoys want Aquino, Abad investigated on DAP


SAN FRANCISCO, California: After learning from the social media about the Supreme Court’s recent decision declaring the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) of the Aquino administration illegal, Filipinos here now want President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad investigated.

The Aquino administration, which took over in 2010, recently admitted using DAP funds to boost or energize the economy of the country.

It, however, failed to inform both houses of Congress about the use of millions of pesos in DAP funds, which opposition Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada earlier claimed were used to bribe lawmakers to impeach former Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Arnie Pena, a native of Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, wants Aquino and Abad investigated by the House of Representatives or Senate for conniving to use billions in government funds without approval of legislators.

“Fair is fair. Nobody should be above the law in the Philippines. If they were able to send three senators to jail, they should also send the President to prison if he is really guilty of misusing these public funds,” Pena said.

Senators Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. are detained in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

Fernando Cabanlig, from Santa Rosa, Laguna, strongly believes that nothing will happen with the investigation while Aquino is still in power.

“Siyempre, lutong macaw o moro-moro lang yan [The probe will be a farce, for sure],” he said.

Cabanlig suggested that an independent body composed of the religious, retired justices, senior lawmakers and businessmen investigate the President and his cohorts if the people really want Aquino and his men to be held accountable for their misdeeds.

Lola Fely Valencia, 82, a widow of a Filipino veteran, said even the President should be accountable to the people who voted him into office.

“Hindi porke’t Presidente ka, hindi ka na puwede ikulong sa mga pagkakamali mo [Not because you are President, you cannot be jailed anymore for wrondoing],” Valencia noted.

She said she really had doubts about Aquino when he was chosen to run for President by the Liberal Party in 2010 because he was a “lousy lawmaker.”

“Nanalo lang naman siya dahil anak siya ni Ninoy at Cory, pero hindi naman talaga siya magaling. Balita ko pa, mahilig sa mga good time yang Pangulo ngayon [He only won because he is a child of Ninoy and Cory, but he really is not good. I even heard that he is fond of lazing around],” Valencia added, referring to the late former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and late former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino.



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  1. Mr. Erwin Tulfo cited 3 people from San Francisco who want to have Aquino and Abad investigated and make this as a generalization, “US Pinoys want Aquino……”
    Aside from credible organizations, like NGOs and opinion leaders being interviewed in the US, Mr. Tulfo should also widened his reach. Come to Los Angeles and you have credible Filipino and Filipino American organizations that can provide you with deep analysis and what’s their perspective about what is happening in the country today.

  2. I nominate Mr. Erwin Tulfo or any of the Tulfo brothers to the independent probe body to investigate Abnoy, A’bad and their cohorts in there complicity with DAP anomalies.


    In the column of Mr. Francisco Tatad today he said that the DAP is the beginning of the end of abnoy. There are angry voices from these he had betrayed calling for his
    impeachment not by his partners in crime in congress but by the sovereign
    Filipino people whom he has committed the most grievous injury in this country’s
    history. Yes, the Filipino people should wake and unite correct a wrong that this
    president has committed. For after all, the Supreme Court have spoken and
    declared that the DAP which is the brainchild of this administration is illegal.
    So, what proof is still needed to establish his guilt. He should be punished and
    made to answer for his crime.