Why is PNoy’s DAP not being probed as SC ordered? PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 April 2016 15:10

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… maintain justice in the courts…” (Amos 5:15, the Holy Bible).

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ALLIES SPARED FROM PROBES, FOES TROUNCED MERCILESSLY: Did you notice the great difference between the treatment that the Aquino government gives its officials who are close allies of President Aquino and Aquino’s political enemies and not-so-close allies? It is clear, and no one can deny, that Aquino’s allies are spared investigation and prosecution even if their culpabilities are beyond question.

On the  other hand, Aquino’s enemies are investigated, prosecuted, and then maligned to the hilt in media by the President himself and by his subordinates. This is double standard of the highest order, and a skewered sense of justice which exalts allies even whey are committing grave crimes, and mercilessly pounces on enemies even merely for imagined infractions.

Take the cases of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla, who have been charged with plunder almost immediately after an extra-ordinarily brief preliminary investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman, and compare it with the case of Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, who remains untouched up to this time. Shocking and nauseating, right?

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WHY IS PNOY’S DAP NOT BEING PROBED AS SC DIRECTED? Then, study the inability and, perhaps, even outright refusal, of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales to obey a Supreme Court directive to investigate the proponents and authors of the discredited disbursement acceleration program (DAP).

Lest we have forgotten, DAP was used by President Aquino to corner hundreds of millions in public funds from agencies under the executive department, for distribution to congressmen and senators to firm up the ouster of Chief Justice Renato Corona. The tribunal said this must be investigated, and those responsible for wasting government money must be prosecuted and then jailed.

Surely, the Supreme Court had in mind, when it issued this directive to investigate, Morales’ office, because it is the only office that is empowered to probe government officials. I am also sure that the Supreme Court was thinking of Aquino and his budget secretary, Florencio Abad, as those to be investigated and prosecuted. Yet, Morales has not done anything, up to now. Why?

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“DEBT OF GRATITUDE” IN DAP PROBE: There could only be one reason behind this inaction or refusal to act on the part of Morales, who loves to call herself a “graftbuster”. And this is the fact that she would not want to investigate and then later on prosecute the very patron who plucked her out of retirement from the Supreme Court and installed her Ombudsman.

It is a case of “debt of gratitude” which, among us Filipinos, dictates that we should always show our gratitude to our benefactors even when these benefactors have committed grave and heinous crimes, which, in the case of DAP, was fully recognized by the highest court of the land no less as some sort of plunder, punishable with life imprisonment.

It is no wonder then that, with this kind of an Ombudsman, the Filipino nation can not really expect to see close allies being prosecuted sincerely, and sent to jail if warranted by the evidence. It would seem the only recourse our countrymen can have, at this point in our history, is to pray for divine intervention, a miracle, no less, so that true justice can finally be dispensed without fear or favor.

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