Ombudsman saves ex- President Aquino from heavy DAP charges – Ejercito

Senator JV Ejercito has doubt that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales saved ex- President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III from a heavy case regarding the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), hence raising it with a small case of usurpation of legislative powers.

When Aquino has been indicted by the Sandiganbayan for a usurpation of administrative powers because of the DAP, it is no longer possible for the new Ombudsan to file another case because this is considered double jeopardy.

Morales is expected to retire in July so President Rodrigo Duterte can assign a new ombudsman.

For Ejercito, pushing Senate’s DAP investigation since 2013 said that it is a “slap on the wrist or the usurpation of legislative powers is only a small case.

A technichal case of malversation of public fund is more appropriate since it declares savings in mid-2012 which was given to legislators while it was not customized into the national spending plan of that individual.

Meanwhile, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday scrutinized and challenged the measure of time it took the Office of the Ombudsman to arrange the prosecution of former President Benigno Aquino III regarding the Disbursement Acceleration Program.

Roque said that the Ombudsman should have taken into account allegations that the DAP was utilized to bribe senators who ousted ex- Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012.

“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,” Roque added, referring to President Rodrigo Duterte’s allegation on Wednesday that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has been practicing selective justice.

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