Acosta secure in post despite arrest warrant

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Nereus Acosta. Photo from comelec.gov.ph

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna—A peeved Secretary Nereus Acosta on Tuesday dodged questions about his status as a Cabinet member following the issuance of an arrest warrant against him by the Sandiganbayan.

The antigraft court on Jan. 24 put out a warrant for Acosta and his mother, Socorro, on a perjury case filed in connection with the alleged illegal funneling of P5.5 million in Acosta’s Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel to a favored NGO when he was the congressman from Bukidnon in 2006.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte had earlier said the Palace expected Acosta, now the presidential adviser on environmental protection, to follow the law but she ruled out his immediate removal from the Cabinet.

In a chance interview here, Acosta said the warrant had not yet been served. He refused to elaborate and referred the matter to his lawyer.

“I came here for them,” he said, pointing to the 250 or so members of Partido Kalikasan, a political party that invited him to be their guest speaker at their chapter assembly here.

“I am [just] doing my job,” he said.

In the open forum that followed, he evaded the issue of the arrest warrant, saying only that it was the handiwork of his detractors who were after him because of his campaign against illegal logging and mining. He said he would rather focus on the Partido Kalikasan which was mas totoo kausap (more sincere to deal with).

Acosta, also the general manager of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), delivered a presentation on the status of the Laguna lake basin and the government’s programs on environmental protection.

He reiterated the administration’s priority programs of flood mitigation and disaster risk reduction, this even after the President shelved the controversial P18-billion Laguna Lake dredging project with a Belgian company.

He said the government had allotted P5 billion for the flood control programs in Metro Manila and Laguna. Of the amount, P780 million would go to the LLDA following the agency’s agreement with the Department of Public Works and Highways in December 2012 to drain 24 river tributaries.

The initial draining of the rivers in Santa Maria, Biñan City, Pagsanjan and Lumban, all in Laguna province, is expected to start soon, he said.

“It would be difficult to bring back Laguna Lake to its former state in the 1980s, but we should start thinking, studying and talking now about how to prevent it from worsening,” Acosta said.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    When will the initial draining of the rivers in Laguna happen?

  • Noel

    Iba na ang malakas at may pinagsamahan.  Di gaya sa nangyari kay dating NBI Director Gatdula na sinibak agad bago kusang loob na mag-resign at wala pang decision sa kaso niya.  Kung may kaunting delicadeza si Acosta, dapat mag-resign siya.

    • Summerspice

       Tama ka Noel!

  • UrHONOR

    TAGA Bukidnon na naman?  Katatapos lang ng kaso ng MANDARAYANG ZUBIRI, tapos heto na naman ang isa pa!  Di maglalaon, ang Bukidnon ay makikilala bilang factory ng mga korap, tulad ni Erap na nangunguna sa UNA!

  • $37644997

    They come in sheep’s clothing.Are you going to vote for this man in disguise?

  • boybakal

    The antigraft court on Jan. 24 put out a warrant for Acosta and his mother, Socorro, on a perjury case filed in connection with the alleged illegal funneling of P5.5 million in Acosta’s Priority Development Assistance Fund to a favored NGO when he was the congressman.

    Is there really corruption on this…
    The pork barrel was given to NGO, it means it was spent wisely and not pocketed.
    Enough of this kind of accusation.
    Sandigan should be more wise in assessing which is corruption or not.

    • prince_janus

       it was illegal because they also owned the NGO. its their dummy NGO. the fund was made as a capital in which members of that NGO were allowed to borrow a certain amount with interest. that’s illegal. they were earning interest from taxpayers money.

      • boybakal

         Ganoon ba, dapat ngang ikulong ang ugok na yan.
        Saka bakit siya ang Chairman ng Laguna Lake gayong di naman siya taga Laguna at isang bisaya from Mindanao.
        Who better know Laguna lake except one who live in Laguna.

  • Sugbuanon86

    See!!!

    ‘Yan ang “Daang Matuwid” ng ating bugok na presidente, mga kaibigan.

    Gag0 ka PNOY!

    Kami ba ang niloloko mo?

    • Summerspice

       Friend kasi siya ni PNoy kaya hindi pa siya tinatanggal.

  • prince_janus

    Acosta should RESIGN for delicadeza. Respect PNOY’s Daang Matuwid.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      you still think that daang matuwid exists and real?

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Just like Padaca, Acosta’s bail has been taken care of by President Aquino.

    Selective justice at its most obvious.

  • kismaytami

    Ang tuwid na daan ay para sa non-KKK. Ang detour at express lane naman ay para sa mga KKK-members.

  • XY ZEE

    Bakit antagal i serve yung arrest warrant?
    Yung ngang kay gloria, hindi pa tuyo ang tinta pero may taga-serve na.
    Nga pala, exepmted ang KKK sa batas.

  • abner

    hahaha…hay naku….ito ang malinaw na si noykapon ang batas…basta kkk papyansahan niya pa iyan….walang warrant na makakarating kay acostang corrupt……diba gwen???

  • Root_Admin1

    The thing is nobody here takes the time to look into the real details – the NGO, Binhi is a micro finance non-profit. Similar to Kiva or Grameen where small loans are made to farmers, small businesses etc in Bukidnon. It is not illegal.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      He diverted that Pork Barrel funds to a favored NGO, so it’s not illegal? Kaya nga convicted sa kaso at merong WARRANT OF ARREST eh, dahil illegal……

  • PlumberfromCanada

    MABUHAY ANG KKK……dont worry, andyan na ang kaibigan mo magbigay ng pampiyansa mo….

  • disqusted0fu

    KKK perks at its best! This is very similar to what Pnoy did for Grace Padaca who was also an alleged grafter. And the total opposite of what they did to GMA who they immediately arrested as soon as the warrant was served. Selective justice of the Aquino government could not get any clearer than this. I wouldn’t be surprised if Pnoy will also shoulder Acosta’s post for bail. It’s more fun in the Philippines if you’re a KKK!

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