Palace expects Acostas to follow rule of law



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MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang expects Secretary Nereus Acosta to just follow the rule of law.

Acosta, former Bukidnon Representative and currently general manager of the Laguna Lake Development Authority, is the first incumbent member of the Aquino Cabinet to face arrest.

The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division on Jan. 24 issued a warrant of arrest for Acosta and his mother, Socorro, a former mayor of Manolo Fortich town in Bukidnon, in connection with perjury charges lodged in 2012 by a certain Fr. Venancio Balansag. Bail of P6,000 each was set.

“We expect Secretary Acosta to follow the rule of law and to follow the proper legal procedures especially when it comes to this case,” said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte at a Palace briefing.

In recent years, the country has seen a string of government and military officials flee the country or go into hiding when faced with a warrant of arrest in connection with various cases.

Bogus declarations

Valte ruled out any immediate relief for Acosta.

“I do not know yet. As of the moment, I do not know yet. This happened while the President is in Davos. I’m sure he (Mr. Aquino) has already been updated but we do not know yet if he has had the time to really process the issue,” said Valte.

Balansag had accused the Acostas of making allegedly bogus declarations in their counteraffidavits filed before the Office of the Ombudsman in 2006 in connection with alleged illegal channeling of P5.5 million from his priority development assistance fund, as a lawmaker at the time, to the Bukidnon Vegetable Producers Cooperative.

The cooperative is a private entity controlled by the Acosta family.

It was earlier reported that Acosta told the antigraft court that the complainant had already withdrawn the complaint and had executed an affidavit of desistance.

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  • $20926843

    The propaganda factotums of the inutile president in malacanang had seized this opportunity to project that that this inconsequential Regime is being fair and is following its slogan of tuwid na daan by exhorting its party mate to follow the law. Of course this is a piece of cake insofar as following the law because it is a bailable offense.  What about if it is a non bailable offense? 

    • Observer_din

      ayan na naman kayo, pag dinepensahan sasabihin ninyo KKK, pag pinabayaan sasabihin ninyo palabas lang.. iisa lang ang ibig sabihin niyan .. isa kang talangka!!!!

      • Erwin Ross V. Dalao

        talangka ba? hahahahahahaaaaaaaaa

      • sl1

        Tama ka brod, galit lang yan sa admin kaya ano mang mabuting gawin ay may masamang comment parin. Sa madaling salita bias…kahit tama ang ginawa mali parin dahil anti admin. Progress is very hard to get with this type of mentally of some of our countrymen!

  • Rovingmoron

    Why only declare now that the complainant has withdrawn the criminal case against them? Show the affidavit of desistance to the Sandiganbayan to prove that there was indeed one.

  • Fulpol

    he is not actually a member of the KKK circle unlike Padaca…

    a bogus claim of Valte…

    • Observer_din

      maski ano gawing maayos ng gobyerno wala kayo makikita, kasi nga kung hindi kayo bayaran, kayo ay mga TALANGKA!!!

  • Benito Juarez

    “no ifs no buts” submit yourself to the rule of law – lead by example.

  • calixto909

    Bravo Aquino, I applaud you on your directive that Acosta should follow the rule of law not unlike the UNA led by Binay, Enrile, Estrada et al who even buttressed the arrogance of Gov. Garcia when she defied the rule of law by not honoring her suspension order.

    President down to the lowest mammal in the gov’t. must always respect and obey the rule of law or rule according to law as the case maybe since without it, such signifies a chaotic governance.

    Politicians who already showed their defiance to the rule of law exhibits an aura that they’re above the law. This kind of personality posed a serious threat to our government, just reflect and recall the presidency of Estrada in 1998 as the paradigm, that upon his assumption as president, all he did was to womanize, drink, gamble and became the lord of Jueteng. He neglected his duties to suit his whims and caprices.

  • brunogiordano

    “We expect Secretary Acosta to follow the rule of law and to follow the proper legal procedures especially when it comes to this case,” said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte at a Palace briefing.”

    Bakit aantayin pang sumunod sa batas.

    May arrest warrant.

    Hulihin at ikulong.

    At saka siya mag paliwanag sa korte.

  • Maldi2

    Does following the rule of law applies to Malacanang as well?  Didn’t they were the ones who defied the SC TRO?

  • Pio Gante

    no problem, he can always run to good ole benevolent tito noy for bail money

  • Eljay

    PNOY ipinaghahambog ang anti corruption campaign niya sa DAVOS Switzerland ngayun, pero ang mga kinuha niyang cabinet employee ay corrupt pa pala… panu mo masusugpo ang corruption kung ganun, para mo lang ulit tinulungan magkaroon ng pwesto sa gobyerno para mangurakot uli… heheheheh nakakatawang prinsipyo ni PNOY.. TUWID NA DAANG BALUKTOT…

    • mave

      mukhang ikaw ung nkakatawa sinasabi mo mga cabinet employee ay corrupt? nasaan? sino? nakasuhan na ba? are they already guilty as charge? or another moro-moro? sa simula palang ikaw na ang baluktot paano mo nga makakamit and sinasabi mong tuwid na daan?

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  • Your_King

    This case should be simple…if Acosta is part of Aquino’s KKK then he has nothing to worry about because Aquino will cover-up for him and maybe even move him to another government position. Just look at Puno and even Padaca who after getting a graft case against her was even promoted to be the Comelec. But the problem is if Acosta is not part of Aquino’s KKK then he is in deep trouble coz if you are on Aquino’s attack list, even if there is no evidence you committed any wrong you still will be attacked.

  • malek_abdul

    Hindi pa ba uso sa Pilipinas na kapag ang isang taong gobyerno ay na-involved sa katiwalian o eskandalo ay mag-resign? Sec. Acosta out of delicadeza mag-resign ka na!

  • Komen To

    A Senator hiding from an arrest warrant, a cabinet caught buying pirated DVD, driver and security during his boss’ car found with high caliber long arm, now a cabinet officer facing arrest. Sino ang mga pasaway sa Tuwid na Daan? May the rule of law prevail for real

  • Socorro

    Another “palabas” of the ” matuwid na daan” president. Pinoy and his men are successful in eradicating corrupt officials who are known to be personal enemies of the Aquinos, but when you look at the general picture, his anti corruption drive is not going anywhere. In the cabinet. senate and congress there are still a lot of corruption going on, added to that kasinungaligan pa. In the govt. and local offices,PNP, AFP still corruption is undeniably present.   

  • Darwin

    Si Pnoy magpapiyansa niyan pustahan tayo.

  • noyab

    KKK yan di yan pababayaan ni KKK (kalbo kalbo kalbo)

  • vir_a

    Pnoy paid for the bail of a former governor in Northern Luzon. He might also do the same for Acosta.

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