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.