PNoy, Abad quaking with fear over Napoles’ acquittal? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 May 2017 11:47

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow’s case does not come before them…” (Isaiah 1:23, the Holy Bible).

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PNOY, ABAD QUAKING WITH FEAR OVER NAPOLES’  ACQUITTAL?  I am sure former President Benigno Aquino III and former Budget Secretary, Florencio “Butch” Abad, are now quaking with fear in their boots with the reversal by the Court of Appeals of the decision finding Janet Lim Napoles guilty of the serious illegal detention charge that was brought against her by her cousin and former employee, Ben Hur Luy.

And why not? With Napoles’ acquittal after Solicitor General Jose Calida made a pitch for her in a motion submitted to the Court of Appeals, it would seem the stage is now set for Napoles’ being utilized as a “state witness” in two plunder cases that could send Aquino, Abad, and their other political allies mainly with the Liberal Party, to jail, even while those cases are still being tried.

These two plunder cases are the existing P10 billion pork barrel cases before the Sandiganbayan, and the soon-to-be-opened preliminary investigation of the case of the P150 billion or so in government funds that were spent under the disbursement acceleration program (DAP) of Aquino and Abad for the lawmakers who voted to oust then Chief Justice Renato Corona.

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MASTERMINDS OF THE DAP, PORK BARREL SCAMS: Surely, from what has been made public so far about those two plunder cases, it would not be difficult to see that Napoles could not have been the brains that planned and executed the diversion of billions of pesos in government funds, to line the pockets of chosen legislators who agreed to become puppets approving and upholding the machinations of the Aquino government without question.

Yes, Napoles may be pinned down for approaching legislators and agencies of government to entice them to authorize the use of their funds for non-existing projects, but the undeniable truth remains—those funds, earmarked and allocated and subsequently released to the legislators and the agencies, had to be disbursed first by both the president of the Republic and his budget secretary.

In the style of skewed democracy that has been at work in the Philippines for a long time now, no money moves, no official dares to act, unless there is a prior go signal from the president or from his budget secretary. It is in this context that the testimony of Napoles as a state witness could be extremely necessary, to show how money moved out from Malacanang to the favored lawmakers and the agencies.

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NAPOLES WILL BE USED AS “STATE WITNESS”: Napoles’ being an accused in the existing plunder cases could not be used to prevent her from being used as a state witness. As every Filipino now knows, there is what is known as the “discharge of an accused to be a state witness” where, even if a person stands as one of those charged in a criminal case, he or she could still be freed from the charge, in exchange for his testimony.

I am confident that sooner than later, the prosecution in those plunder cases will present a motion before the Sandiganbayan to request that Napoles be discharged as a state witness. I am also confident that, in the event this happens, a reinvestigation of the P10 billion plunder case will be ordered, to include other former government officials who were left out in the original charge sheets.

Finally, there would also be no doubt that the Department of Justice, if the Ombudsman will not promptly act, would then start its own preliminary investigation of the P150 billion disbursement acceleration program scam, where Aquino and Abad have been previously linked already as the originators and implementors of the illegal release of those funds. This is what Aquino and Abad and their cohorts are truly afraid of!

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