Morales betrayed public trust re DAP suit PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 March 2017 13:06

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…There are those who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground… There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth… There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts…. maintain justice in the courts…” (Amos 5:7, 10, 12 and 15, the Holy Bible).

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MORALES BETRAYED PUBLIC TRUST RE DAP SUIT: Betrayal of public trust, treachery against the people’s aspirations for a just and truthful government, and culpable and shameless violation of the Constitution, especially on its provisions on honesty and integrity in public service, and on fighting graft and corruption in all levels.

These, to many, sum up what Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales did in the decision she issued recently on the controversial disbursement acceleration program (DAP) of then former President Aquino and former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

The DAP was used by Aquino and Abad in taking over some P150 billion or so government funds already allocated as budgets of various departments and agencies of  government, for distribution to senators and congressmen to entice them to vote for the ouster of then Chief Justice Renato Corona.

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“PROTECT AQUINO, ALLOW ABAD TO ESCAPE FULL LIABILITY”: That decision was seen as betrayal of public trust, treachery, and a culpable violation of the Constitution by Morales for many reasons. The first is that, with that decision, she evidently intended to protect Aquino, whom she cleared of any liability over the DAP even if he was a signatory to all orders establishing the DAP, and to enable Abad, the official who implemented the DAP, to escape full liability.

Despite his being sued by Morales, it is clear that Abad was merely slapped with an insignificant case of usurpation of authority whose penalty could only be six months imprisonment, disregarding clear orders of the Supreme Court to prosecute the authors, proponents, and implementors of the DAP to the full extent of the law.

Then, with her decision, Morales displayed double standard of justice in discharging the duties and responsibilities of her office, in gross disrespect of the Constitution because, in the P10 billion pork barrel scam involving then Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, she expeditiously found them liable for plunder and had them jailed hurriedly  without bail, so that, except for Enrile, they are in detention until now.

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MORALES’ DOUBLE STANDARD AS OMBDUSMAN: Yet, in the more serious case of stealing government funds amounting to P150 billion or so through the DAP perpetrated by Aquino and Abad which were evidently Morales’ benefactors, which P150 billion is definitely much, much more than the P10 billion involved in the pork barrel scam, Morales not only dilly-dallied on investigating the matter, despite the Supreme Court order.

She clearly twisted and mangled existing laws on plunder, graft, and corruption, to make sure that Aquino—the man who appointed her Ombudsman despite her retirement from government service—would not face trial, and to ensure that Abad could escape prison even if he gets convicted with what she charged him with.

In fine, I couldn’t blame the likes of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and media personalities who think first before they write or broadcast something, if, in unison, they accused Morales of grave wrongdoings and sought her ouster from her office which, in hindsight, was given to her only because her predecessor was also ousted through the machinations of Aquino.

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