Aquino told: Stop using Arroyo as 'shock absorber' of DAP, pork scam-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
AS PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III is set to address the nation Wednesday night supposedly on the controversial pork barrel scam and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), a close ally of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said the Chief Executive should stop the blame game.
"I hate to say this but they should stop beating a dead horse. She is in detention. She can't even go to the chapel there all by herself. We have to focus on the future. When you are racing, you can’t look back. The moment you look back, you will stumble. If not, you will be too distracted that somebody else will overtake you,” Leyte Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, the head of the House independent bloc, said.
Aquino's address will be televised between 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. from the Malacanang Palace "to discuss current issues."
In a briefer published at the Official Gazette, Malacañang said Wednesday night "marks the first time President Benigno S. Aquino III has asked networks for air time to directly address the Filipino People."
Romualdez, a lawyer, lamented how Arroyo has become a "shock absorber" of the controversies confronting the Aquino administration, including the controversial DAP implemented by Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad Jr. of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
"The buck should stop with the President or his administration. We are halfway through. Stop the blame game. Any and all deficiencies, defects, and anomalies of corruption, they should take responsibility. They should stop looking before 2010. A lot of things had happened since 2010, we're now 2013," Romualdez said.
"Whatever inefficiency and inadequacies of the past, it's all on you now. If there is a suspected wrongdoing in the past, then let us have it investigated and find out who are guilty of crimes. If there is evidence, then those who are guilty should suffer the penalty of the crime they committed," the lawmaker added.
Arroyo, along with former officials of her administration, is accused of plunder by the Department of Justice before the Office of the Ombudsman over the P900-million Malampaya fund scam.
The former President is presently detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center over plunder charges in connection with the alleged misuse of intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. (Sunnex)