Aquino asks Ombudsman amid DAP drama: Wag mo ako kasuhan
Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has asked the Office of the Ombudsman to uphold the dismissal of the complaints against him in connection with the implementation of the P72-billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Aquino has filed a counter-affidavit before the Ombudsman seeking to junk the motion for reconsideration filed by militant groups led by Bayan Muna Rep. Isagani Zarate.
The complainants sought in their motion for reconsideration a reversal of the Ombudsman resolution which found no probable cause to indict Aquino in the implementation of the controversial DAP, which the Supreme Court (SC) eventually declared unconstitutional.
“[T]he [Motion for Reconsideration (MR)] failed to propound sound, valid and compelling reasons for the Honorable Office to reverse its decision,” read Aquino’s pleading.
“In light of all the rehashed and patently baseless arguments, Respondent respectfully submits that there is, as there can be, no legal and factual basis to establish he [Mr. Aquino] committed the offenses charged,” it pointed out.
The complainants pointed out in their motion that Aquino should be charged for technical malversation of public funds, usurpation of legislative power, and corruption for diverting unspent allotments of various government agencies to Malacanang to fund projects.
So far, the Ombudsman indicted former Budget secretary Florencio Abad for usurpation of legislative power in connection with the DAP.