“In one day, on 12 October 2011, DAP was presented to the Senate, signed by Noynoy and printed out in the official gazette and Department of Budget and Management website.
The recent statement of President Rody Duterte about his exasperation on the state of corruption in the country should be a signal for Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to step up and tie up loose ends left by his predecessor Vitaliano Aguirre.
Aguirre when he left was hot on the trail of the biggest-ever recorded plunder of government resources in the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) which by some accounts involved the misuse of P200 billion in government funds.
The DAP was branded as former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s pork barrel since the funds diverted to it were used mainly to advance Noynoy’s political goals.
Speaking to government officials in Malacañang last week, Rody said he wanted to go home and he was just looking for a valid excuse to step down since he was “tired” of corruption in government.
“I really cannot stop corruption no matter what I do,” he said.
Guevarra already had documents turned over from Aguirre which were mainly submitted by Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Commissioner Greco Belgica on the collusion of Noynoy, the Liberal Party and his yellow allies in the DAP plunder.
Among the documents submitted were a memorandum on DAP signed by former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Senate Committee on Finance hearing transcripts both dated 12 October 2011; the budget for Department of Public Works and Highways for 2010 and 2011, and a DAP presentation of Abad before the Senate dated 24 July 2014.
The Supreme Court (SC) said in a 2014 decision that Executive acts creating the DAP were unconstitutional.
The documents, Belgica said, would prove that in one day, on 12 October 2011, DAP was presented to the Senate, signed by Noynoy and printed out in the official gazette and Department of Budget and Management website.
What he presented also sought to show “a clear conspiracy of Aquino, Abad, (former Interior Secretary Mar) Roxas, (former Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio) Abaya, (Senators Franklin) Drilon, (Antonio) Trillanes and (Francis) Pangilinan.”
Belgica submitted papers proving the DAP was employed extensively in ousting the late former Chief Justice Renato Corona. Noynoy did not hide his desire to boot out Corona since the start of his term in 2010.
The records presented to Guevarra seek to establish the motive of Noynoy in removing Corona as a result of the SC Resolution dated 22 November 2001 in the case entitled: Hacienda Luisita vs. Agrarian Reform Council, et al. docketed as GR 171101 which ordered land distribution in the vast estate owned by the Aquino family.
Belgica’s submissions point to some 82 congressmen receiving P819 million worth of DAP on 23 November 2011 which was the day after the Hacienda Luisita decision was promulgated.
On 25 October 2011 to 8 December 2011, Belgica said “the DAP authors and co-conspirators gave a total of P1,565,204,474 worth of funds to 124 congressmen.”
On 13 December 2011, the same day the Articles of Impeachment against Corona were filed before the Senate, 11 senators allegedly received a total of P732.91 million and from 16 November 2011 to 21 December 2011, 21 senators received P1.91 billion.
“Records presented to Guevarra seek to establish the motive of Noynoy in removing Corona.
The Department of Justice (DoJ) under Aguirre ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to review all documents related to the DAP.
Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales had let off Noynoy and his cohorts too easy on the DAP as she filed a light usurpation of authority charges instead of plunder that would have justified the huge amount involved in the racket.
With the documents in their hands, many are wondering what is taking the DoJ and the NBI too long to come up with a definitive report on the DAP.
Rody in expressing his exasperation is a clarion call for Guevarra and other Cabinet officials tasked to root out corrupt practices to step up.