‘We did nothing wrong’

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At a press conference on Thursday, Renato Reyes of Bayan holds a copy of a list of DAP releases signed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd. Militant leaders are calling for the President’s impeachment. PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ

At a press conference on Thursday, Renato Reyes of Bayan holds a copy of a list of DAP releases signed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd. Militant leaders are calling for the President’s impeachment. PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ

Malacañang on Thursday said President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not apologize to the people for having released billions of pesos for supposedly priority projects through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

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Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino and his administration “did nothing wrong” in using DAP funds.

He stressed that although the program was declared unconstitutional, it did not mean there was wrongdoing.

“‘Pag sinabing magso-sorry ka, may ginawa kang kasalanan. Wala po kaming ginawang kasalanan hinggil dito [If you say we need to apologize, that means we committed a wrongdoing. We did nothing wrong here],” Coloma told reporters in a news conference.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court said certain acts of the DAP violated the Constitution, including the cross-border transfer of the savings of the executive department to augment the budget of some offices in other branches.

Coloma reiterated that in implementing the DAP, the executive branch “exercised good faith and due diligence” in accordance with existing laws and relevant auditing rules and procedures.

“We believe we have been abiding by and complying with such lawful processes,” he said.

Coloma added that within the executive branch, there are already “built-in mechanisms for accountability and these are operative.”

“Kung merong may paglabag, dapat ay mapanagot din dahil bahagi ‘yan ng prinsipyo ng mabuting pamahahala [If there’s violation of the law, there should be accountability because that’s part of the administration’s good governance principles],” he said.

“There are lawful processes for establishing accountability, and we have been abiding by and complying with all of those processes and will continue to do so,” Coloma added.

He said the executive branch will cooperate with the Office of the Ombudsman when the office starts investigating transactions made under DAP.

“We will comply with lawful and legal processes.”

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  1. Felix servidad on

    PCS Herminio MALOCO Jr. said they did nothing wrong regarding DAP, they did it in good faith so what’s wrong about it.
    Maybe the supreme court justices was wrong when they handed down the verdict over DAP unconstitutional.
    If Pnoy and his cohorts acting only in good faith,so what’s wrong about it.
    We can compare this government to Robin Hood.

  2. During the first year of Ngoyngoy’s term government spending was so little that it affected the GDP growth and this administration’s reason is that they are very diligent in the disbursement because they wanted to ensure that the processes are clear of corruption. They said then that they can not allow anymore the usual corrupt practices. They hold on existing contracts and even payments to existing contractors. Fine!

    And so to accelerate disbursement they invented DAP instead of just making the General Appropriations operational. But what a heck, DISBURSING THROUGH POLITICIANS? Isn’t this contrary to their actions during their first year of governance?

  3. Reynaldo Mangcucang on

    WE DID WRONG….NOTHING! Even trike driver, cigarette vendors will never agree with you J. Naples that hundred million of pesos you gave to Revilla came to your own pocket,,, but now it came to your mouth you gave millions to Revilla.. that’s CLEAR enough..

  4. Its like a child saying, Hindi ako yung kumain ng chocolate, pero puno ng mantsa ang labi at damit.

  5. Maybe DAP was wrong but to impeach Pres. Aquino is not the answer. Who are you going to replace him? Vice President Binay? Don’t forget, he is also a part of Pres. Aquino’s cabinet. He also benefited ,from the DAP.

    Are you willing to throw away all the economic progress made under the administration of Pres. Aquino? If you do, well, at least give me enough time to horde more dollars because I am quite sure that your whole economy will collapse in no time due to lack of confidence among foreign business investors.

  6. The problem here is if he gets impeached and then the case goes to court and later found out that Abnoy is insane then he will be set free and gets away from all his misdeeds. He can use his insanity to escape all his abnormal decisions and deeds.

  7. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

    At least this abnoy has a defender on his side like this person manny who commented
    here. Like abnoy who was found to be mentally disturbed according to Fr. Bulatao
    of Ateneo this person manny is not capable of seing the truth. The Supreme
    Court found them to have violated the constitution. Maybe the mental capacity
    of this person manny is also the same as abnoy who was found to be mentally
    disturbed. The Supreme Court said so. So, who is blind manny? Find your place.

  8. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

    If these crocodile liars are not punished then let this be a precedent. When somebody
    out there and commit a crime let them reason out as GOOD FAITH. For after all
    that’s what the president of this country says. Bribing members of congress to
    pursue his vindictiveness and kick out Corona to him is good faith. What a defense.
    I wish that the Filipino people shall unite and do something to right this corrupt
    abnoy and abad.

  9. We did nothing wrong on the disbursement of money from DAP. This was the counter reply of Mr coloma. If this administration did nothing wrong, how com the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional? Also Mr coloma, could you explain to the people why this administration gave more than 1 billion pesos to our lawmakers during the impeachment trial of another corrupt official, CJ corocrook?. Could you considered this in good faith? Tell that to the marines.

  10. “We did nothing wrong”! I am reminded of the defiant cry of Lucifer: “I will not serve!” And he instantly got plunged (tuloy-tuloy sa tuwid na daan tungo sa impiyerno) straight to hell!. Persons (including those holding positions of leadership and responsibility in government), can boast of “not having done wrong” as in the PDAP?DAP case proclaimed as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, are not yet off the hook. Be reminded that “Conscience can remain in ignorance, or make erroneous judgments. Such judgments and errors are not always free of guilt” (CCC, #1801). My countrymen, let us take heart, believing that justice witll be rightly for us, “in His time”.

  11. The Filipino people should not allow abnoy and abad get away with this abhorable crime of stealing billions of people’s money to suit their distorted political agenda of revenge and absolute greed. This is a perfect opportunity for us to redeem ourselves as a people. Let there be another Sin who can lead us out of this sorry predicament. The middle class will surely follow until a critical mass of patriotic Filipinos is formed that will free us from the evils of the twin demons.

  12. By letting this go unpunished, a lot of other criminals will then be saying that tehy did it in “good faith”. So if people start shooting and killing other people, their defense would be that they did it in “good faith”. “Good Faith” is an intangible, it cannot be quantified. So it cannot be used as a defense for a crime. PERIOD !!!!

  13. Samuel Santos on

    I, myself, find nothing wrong in Malacanang insisting, “‘We did nothing wrong’.”

  14. What kind of President do we have??? SIRA ULO, ABNORMAL, MONGOLOID LIAR VINDICTIVE AND HEARTLESS THATS THE KIND

  15. you people accusing the president wrongdoing on DAP are either idiot or blind or both.the president did a lot of things for the country if you open your eyes and if there is brain in your head,then you will see.you the militant what did you do for the country,you should be infront of chinese embassy and tell them to stop stealing territories that dont belong to them,unless you are chinese disquise as pilipino.6 more years for PRESIDENT AQUINO.MABUHAY KA PRESIDENT.keep doing a good job,dont pay attention to this IDIOTS.

    • doing what is right for a job can NEVER be a ticket to commit a conspiracy of wrong doing. who has no eyes to see and who has no brain to think??? manny?

  16. jose hernani m. parco on

    and some more:

    “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”
    “hell is full of good meanings, but heaven is full of good works”
    “no good deed goes unpunished”

    “Stephen Garrard Post, writing about altruism, suggests that good intentions are often not what they seem and that mankind normally acts from less worthy, selfish motives—”If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, it is partly because that is the road they generally start out on.”

    and so dummies in the palace sometimes you also have to read and research and not open your bloody trap without thinking as it is already the age of instant communications and knowledge travels at lightning speed!

  17. Pag mga oposisyon mabilis ang paghatol, pero pag kaalyado, Buking
    na pinagtatanggol pa.
    Anong klasing gobierno ito. Bulag at bingi?

  18. Asa pa ba kayo sa mga magnanakaw? Meron bang aamin na nagnakaw sila? E kung tama pala ayon sa taga Malacanang na wala silang masamang intention, eh di ulitin nila. Tutal naman wala palang masama doon eh! Ang utak ng Malacanang, talagang student council pa…walang pagbabago, tanga pa rin hanggang ngayon. Ipakita ninyo mga gunggong at hunghang kung wala kayong tinago…na kung saan ninyo itinago ang mga DAP funds. Sige, we challenge you – eh kaso puro kayo palusot, mga hayop talaga ang kakapalan ninyo. Noy, Abad, Roxas, Drilon, Lacierda, Alcala at ang nagbabait-baitan na si Coloma…ay hypocrite pala, di nagbabait-baitan! Tsk tsk tsk!

  19. Lord Chimera on

    “He stressed that although the program was declared unconstitutional, it did not mean there was wrongdoing.” – When the Constitution which is a form of law forbids a deed and when a person actually does the deed then the act is considered unconstitutional which basically means that person broke the law and breaking a law is a act of wrongdoing. These people seems to have different set ethics and morality that applies only them.

  20. jose hernani m. parco on

    ‘We did nothing wrong’

    please allow me to translate; “huh me? i didn’t do it and even if i did i’m innocent”!

  21. TAMA CALOMA, LAHAT NGAYON NG GUMAWA NG KRIMEN AY DI DAPAT MAHABLA KAPAG GINAWA NILA ITO “IN GOOD FAITH”. DI BA HO?
    MERON ISANG CONSTRUCTION WORKER NA NAG SHOPLIFT NG ISANG TOOTHPASTE PAGKA’T AYAW NYA MA-AMOY NG GIRLFRIEND NA MERON SYANG BAD BREATH KAPAG NAGHALIKAN SILA. DI BA GAYA NI PNOY GINAWA NYA ANG SHOPLIFTING “IN GOOD FAITH”?
    SINABI DIN NI JANET LIM NAPOLES NA HINDI NYA ALAM NA MASAMA YUON TINURO SA KANYA NG UTAK NG PDAP ( NA SI aBAD NA UTAK DIN NG DAP) AT HINDI DIN ALAM NI JANET NA MASAMA ANG PAGBIGAY NG COMMISSION SA MGA LEGISLATHIEVES, EXECUTHIEVES AT JUDICIATHIEVES AT, GAYA NI PNOY, GINAWA DIN NI JANET ITO “IN GOOD FAITH”, DI BA HO?
    YUON MGA MAGNANAKAW NA UMAMIN NA ANG DAHILAN NG KANILANG PAGNANAKAW AY KAHIRAPAN AT NAPILITAN SILANG MAGNAKAW PARA MAY PAKAIN SA KANILANG PAMILYA, DI BA, GAYA NI PNOY, GINAWA NILA ITO “IN GOOD FAITH” KAYA DI DAPAT SILA MAKULONG, DI BA HO?
    HAPPY DAYS NGAYON ANG LAHAT NA MAGNANAKAW KAPAG GINAWA NILA ITO ” IN GOOD FAITH, DI BA HO SC JUSTICES?

  22. Eddie de Leon on

    Doing something against the Constitution and the Rule of Law is not a wrongdoing?
    Talagang distorted ang utak ng mga ito sa Malakanyang. How about the use for bribery of the funds Abad and Aquino amassed by unconstitutionally arrogating unto themselves Congress’ the “power of the purse”? Okay rin yon?
    Okay lang pala for Aquino to unconstitutionally order the creation in secret of a police and military group who will kill his political enemies. Maybe that group already exists?
    Then kung mabuking, no need for him to apologize kasi there is no wrongdoing? In good faith na patayan ang mga kalaban niya dahil “I am the state” ang isip nya sa sarili.
    LOL!

  23. here is your basic problem with filipino politicians, they are told by the supreme court that what they did was unconstitutional & what answer does the government spokesman give that was told him by the president of this country, He says ” if you say we need to apologise it means we committed a wrong doing. We did nothing wrong here> The supreme court has told you what you did was wrong, so you did do something wrong. Why wont any filipino ever accept they are in the wrong. How do you expect to run a country when you cant be told anything because you know better. I fear for this country as these problems are with all people & i dont see how you can sort them out as they dont want to sort themout.

  24. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

    Again, of course walang magnanakaw na aamin na nagnakaw. Pero kapag
    napatunayan na lumabag sa batas ay they should be man enough to admit
    that the did wrong. Itong abnoy at abad ay saksakan na sinungaling. They’re
    damn liars. They think that we Filipinos are all idiots na no matter what they do
    ay puede lang tayong paikot-ikotin. So fellow Filipinos wake up. Stand up for what
    is right. The Supreme Court said abnoy and abad and these crocodiles of congress
    violated the constitution. Don’t be fooled.

  25. Yes nobody did wrong, how about the three senators they did nothing wrong also why detained.

  26. Mr. Secretary Coloma Jr. try to be decent, dignified, honest and honorable public servant. Why defend President DAP knowingly aware of what he did using taxpayers money to bribe senators/congressmen for the purpose of booting out Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona is against the Philippine Constitution? President DAP should have not involved himself personally and allow the wheels of justice reign. With his selective prosecution on top of his DAP, it cast doubt to his “daang matuwid” slogan but a daang baluktot to suit his personal need, behavior and conduct. Never pretend when you are not and act, think the natural and normal way. I have not read the Bible till this date but am aware what Jesus has said, “I Am Who Am”. Impeach President Benigno Aquino III and it would be a “daang matuwid” process.

  27. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

    These architect of the DAP like abnoy and abad say that they will not say sorry
    to the people because according to them they did not do anything wrong. Is it okay
    to use the people’s money to bribe members of congress to vote for the impeachment of sitting chief justice? Is this good faith that they are saying? If this is the kind of
    logic that abnoy and abad are saying, then it is okay also for the people to steal.
    Anyway this president says he did nothing wrong in the disbursement of the DAP
    funds even if the Supreme Court had already declared it to be unconstitutional.
    That an insult to the Filipino people. This president thinks that Filipinos are that
    idiots and that they can just toy around. If one steal, is their good faith? Is stealing
    not a crime? Okay if this president say that they did nothing wrong, then it could
    be taken as a precedent in the future. Is this the kind of justice that we have in this
    country? That when this president illegally disburse the peoples money, there is
    no wrongdoing but when an ordinary government employee does this kind of
    violation, he will be mercilessly incarcerated in jail?Think about this logic.

  28. What kind of a president do we have who refuses to accept the wrong he has done, when the high court has already defined his wrongdoing by its recent ruling. This is the high point of his arrogance and unshakeable corruption. It seems he is really very comfortable with lying and his utter unconcern betrays his mental deficiency. His behavior is no longer normal.

    • Edith Gerona on

      Crazy is the new normal..
      Plunder is the new ” Tuwid na Daan ”
      Not saying sorry means Did nothing wrong..
      No regrets doing DAP means Will do it again..

  29. Of course the King PNoy administration and it’s spinners will deny any culpability of corruption and defend PNoy to death. But one look at the smirks in the faces and the worry look of Coloma, Lacierda and Valte will showcase the lies they are saying. “In good faith” will now be the cry of this corrupt administration just like the cry of Balintawak. These folks are not only liars but shameless in the 1st order.