By Genalyn Kabiling
More allies of former President Benigno S. Aquino III could face charges for the alleged anomalous implementation of the P72-billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), Malacañang said Thursday.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said President Duterte has obtained documents implicating others in connection with the controversial economic stimulus project implemented by the past administration.
“Ang reklamo po talaga at hindi lang nanggagaling naman sa Presidente, ang kinasuhan lang sa DAP talaga iyong oposisyon noong mga panahon ni Presidente Aquino; kaya nga po ang reklamo ng marami – selective justice (The complaint really, not just by the President, was only the opposition members were charged for DAP during the term of President Aquino. Many complained that it was selective justice),” Roque said during a Palace press briefing.
“I am sure po marami pang dapat kasuhan na hindi pa nakakasuhan at iyon po ang tinutukoy ng Presidente na may hawak siyang mga dokumento, dahil ito po ay mga kaalyado ng dating administrasyon na hindi po nakasuhan (I’m sure many more should be charged and the President mentioned he has documents because there are allies of the past adminstiration who have not yet been charged),” he added.
During his visit in Iloilo City last Wednesday, the President complained about the selective justice pursued by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales in connection with the alleged irregular implementation of the DAP.
Duterte claimed that he plans to make public his information about those involved in the DAP which the Ombudsman supposedly ignored. “Si Morales, akala mo na… Walang, walang… Puro kalaban ang… One day, I will show it to you the DAP na hindi niya ginalaw. We’ll publish it,” he said.
The Office of the Ombudsman earlier found probable cause to charge Aquino before the Sandiganbayan with usurpation of legislative powers in implementing the DAP.
Also facing charges was Aquino ally, former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, for the alleged unlawful implementation of DAP.