Just in time before
Aquino’s 5th SONA
Case filed against Aquino
July 24, 2014
QUEZON CITY – When it
rains, it pours goes the saying. Dark and heavy clouds seem to be
steadily hovering above the presidency of Benigno Aquino III after
another impeachment case was filed against him by cause-oriented
Bringing to a total of five
impeachment cases filed versus the beleaguered chief executive after
some portions of his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was
declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
group Sanlakas led by Atty. Aaron Pedrosa and other leaders of various
peoples’ organizations submitted their 51-paged impeachment complaint
this morning at the Office of the Secretary-General of the House of
Representatives, just two days before Congress resumes session on
Monday for Aquino’s 5th State of the Nation Address.
Petitioners anchored their
case on the charges of betrayal of public trust and culpable violation
of the constitution.
“Unlike the previous cases
filed, our complaint revolved around the highly questionable spending
habits of Aquino, how he deliberately went over and beyond
constitutionally-mandated limitations and instituted what legal
luminaries would consider as fiscal dictatorship,” said Pedrosa.
In the complaint,
petitioners allege that the president committed betrayal of public
trust “through tyrannical abuse of power and gross exercise of
discretionary powers” when under Aquino’s directives, public funds
were used, stopped, revoked and suspended the implementation of
government projects and services “in order to corner appropriated
funds as “savings” to be expended at his pleasure”.
They also maintained that
Aquino is likewise guilty of culpable violation of the constitution
when he undermined Congress, the peoples’ representatives in
government and its power of the purse “when he declared unreleased
appropriations and withdrew unobligated allotments from the
appropriations in violation of the separation of powers” provision of
The young lawyer stressed
that Aquino’s DAP was merely the tip of the iceberg considering the
long history of abusive and arbitrary fiscal malpractices of the
Aquino administration. “For as early as August 2010, he had already
declared that the Zero-Based Budgeting program was his spending
strategy and a cornerstone of his Daang Matuwid and when it backfired
and reaped criticisms for underspending, he rectified his
miscalculation by operationalizing DAP to cover for lost ground”.
Among the programs they
claim that were capriciously defaced by Aquino as early as August 2010
were the 2009 budget-approved Department of Education’s Food for
School Program, which he transferred to the Social Welfare Department;
the Department of Agriculture’s Input Subsidies and the Kalayaan
On the likely possibility
that the allies of the president in Congress will quash all their
efforts and not endorse the cases filed before the Lower House,
Pedrosa explained that, “despite the tyranny of numbers being employed
by this deceitful regime, the actions and statements of Aquino and
coconspirators shall only expose their brand of “good governance and
democracy” to the poor majority”.
“Tyrants and plunderers will
come and go but the resolute masses shall fight on for they have none
to fear after “representa-thieves” have taken away everything but
their will to liberate themselves from graft, corruption and elite
supremacy,” Pedrosa articulated.
Among the petitioners
included Leody de Guzman of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, Sonny
Melencio of Partido Lakas ng Masa, Flor Santos-Assidao of Metro Manila
Vendors Alliance and Lidy Nacpil, the current national chairperson of
They all claimed to be
determined to mobilize thousands upon thousands of their members on
Monday to reveal the true and appalling state of the nation to counter
what they called “Aquino’s recycled lies, insignificant motherhood
statements and doctored statistics and reports”.