Abad slapped with plunder complaint over DAP
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Abad slapped with plunder complaint over DAP

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad faces a plunder complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly bribing senators who voted to convict Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Atty. Bonifacio Alentajan, former President of the Philippine Constitution Association, on Thursday filed the complaint against Abad for allegedly disbursing funds from DAP without legislative approval.

Abad, an ally of President Benigno Aquino III, allegedly violated the plunder law, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code for usurpation of legislative power and authority, and Presidential Decree 1829 for obstruction of justice.

Alentajan in the complaint said Abad “transferred funds duly appropriated to one government agency to another without legislative authority.”

Abad also allegedly “feloniously awarded and released P50 million each to the senators who voted for the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona, or almost P1 billion,” the complaint added.

“Indubitably, DBM Secretary Florencio Abad misappropriated, converted, misused public funds without proper authority from Congress,” the complaint read.

Alentajan said Abad allegedly disbursed P50 million from DAP to bribe each of the 19 senators who voted to convict Corona in May 2012.

Abad said the funds given to senators were from the regular disbursement of incentives from DAP, an economic stimulus package of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Abad in defending DAP said it was implemented as early as 2011 to ramp up the economy after sluggish spending.

Senator Jinggoy Estrada first floated the allegedly illegal disbursement of DAP when he said in a Sept. 2013 privilege speech that he was  bribed P50 million to convict the chief justice. Corona was impeached on false declarations of wealth.

Some practices under DAP were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in July 2014. It was criticized as President Benigno Aquino III’s pork barrel.

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