More corruption cases to be filed, says Aquino


President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER photo

TOKYO—President Benigno Aquino III on Sunday gave himself a deadline to file more cases against officials involved in alleged irregularities under the previous administration, and start putting some of them behind bars by early next year.

Appearing haggard in his second foreign trip in a week, the President was visibly energized at the prospect of prosecuting what he called “wang-wang” (abusive) officials, who had gotten away under past regimes.

“We will make sure we have strong evidence so criminals could not escape,” he said in Filipino in a well-applauded speech at a gathering of the Filipino community at Japan Education Center here.

“We will start filing the cases before the end of this year and with a little cooperation from the judiciary, maybe we can put some of these people in jail next year. We will hold them responsible so no one else will follow their example.”

Mr. Aquino cited the alleged irregularity in Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. where officials reportedly spent P1 billion for coffee in various casinos under its control.

He also mentioned the 2009 sale to the Philippine National Police of secondhand helicopters, which were previously owned allegedly by then First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo.

KKK defended

To the estimated 250,000 Filipinos working in Japan, the President offered hope of a transformed Philippines by the end of his term.

He promised to work on this so that in the years to come, leaving the Philippines would be merely a “choice”—not a necessity—for Filipino workers.

Mr. Aquino said he was “inspired” by the story of “70 to 80” Filipino engineers designing refineries in the Middle East for Japan Gas Corp., which he described as “the SGV of engineering.”

The President defended his decision to appoint former classmates, relatives, and close friends—collectively ridiculed as “Kaibigan-Kaklase-Kabarilan” (KKK)—to various government positions.

He cited the case of his “family friend,” Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez, who, he said, worked hard in relief operations during the March 11 earthquake and tsunami before Lopez could formally assume his post.

“Nobody could say that you were abandoned by your embassy here,” he said.

Positive spin

The President also sought to put a positive spin on the Philippines’ measly 3.4-percent economic growth in the second quarter, apparently because of his increasingly cautious approach to public spending.

In nine months, the Department of Public Works and Highways, for instance, was able to spend only P16 billion out of P90 billion in available funds.

“You raised this money for them but they render it useless by not spending it on projects. Because of this practice, spending is so low, jobs aren’t being created, and the economy is contracting,” Senator Edgardo Angara had told Mr. Aquino’s economic managers in a recent budget hearing.

The President admitted that having a huge budget surplus—P9 billion as of last month—was not necessarily good.

He said the money could have been spent on infrastructure and health services.

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  • Anonymous

    Haha… Angara wants the billions to be spent? Where, in his hometown? And to be kicked back by his family? This guy needs to be investigated to see if his personal bank accounts matches with what he really earns. 

  • ernie

    maigi yan binubusisi at pinagaaralan mabuti kung saan gagastusin ang pera ng gobyerno. sinabi naman ni PNoy na sa 2nd year ng term nya bubuhos na ang funding ng mga karapatdapat na projects. hindi yun tira ng tira puro ‘ghost projects’, ‘bogus agri business’ and ‘farm to pocket’ road projects pala…

  • Anonymous

    let us see if you have the nerve to put in jail your kkk.

    • Ralph

      Hindi ka nabigyan ng kurakot kaya ka mareklamo ke Aquino. Ano ka bulag sa nangyari sa panahon ni Arroyo? 

  • Anonymous

    More Arroyo Anomaly
    1.- P50-million bribe to FG for the president’s veto of two franchise bills
    2.The additional funding led to a 41-percent spike in advertising expenses, from P76.129 million in 2008 to P107.420 million in 2009, which went mostly to ads for Arroyo’s achievements.
    3.The report said the PIA received from the Department of Budget and Management a notice of cash allocations amounting to P344.789 million, even though only P222.488 million was appropriated for it under the national budget.
    4.- Denial of pork barrel funds to Malacanang’s political enemies
    5.- Praises for Jovito Palparan, alleged mastermind of extra judicial killings of militants
    6.- Removal of govt bodyguards for former pres and Arroyo critic, Cory Aquino
    7.- Appointment of manicurist as a member of the board of Pag-Ibig
    8.- Appointment of gardener as deputy of the Luneta Park Administration.
    9.- Midnight appointment of an Arroyo,Renato Corona, as SC Chief Justice

    – 200+ other illegal midnight appointments
    10.- Mikey Arroyo’s undeclared properties in California
    11.- Pardon of controversial convicted criminals like Ninoy’s murderers
    12.- EO 464; requiring Cabinet members to seek presidential clearance before testifying in Congress hearings

    13.- Promise (on Rizal Day) to not run for the presidency in 2004

    14.- “Vote Buying” by giving away Philhealth cards

    15.- Taxpayers’ money for her giant billboards and and PCSO tv campaign ads[/b]

    16- Appointment of Ben Abalos, a staunch GMA ally, as COMELEC chair
    17.- Mikey Arroyo’s importation of 32 thoroughbred horses from Australia worth P384 million.
    18.Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo used 2 choppers 16 times, son Mikey 69
    19.PNoy: PAGCOR spent P1B on coffee
    20.Jose Miguel Arroyo owned helicopters’
    all Robinson R44 Raven Is with Series Nos. 1370 to 1374
    A total of $1,423,025 was paid to Lionair for the five helicopters.
    21.Pagcor ‘pabaon’ to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: P345M
    22.The godmother’s ties to the Pinedas(Jueteng lord)
    23.Glorietta 2 and Batasan bombings
    The Glorietta 2 bombing happened during the height of the bribery case which took place in Malacañang.

    24.Misuse of Balikatan funds
    Navy Lt. Nancy Gadian revealed an alleged malversation of funds in 2007
    25.Solon: Charge Gloria Arroyo for taking P98-M from PNoy’s social fund
    Former Armed Forces chiefs of staff Narciso Abaya, Dionisio Santiago, Generoso Senga, Hermogenes Esperon, and Alexander Yano,chiefs of staff – Angelo Reyes, Diomedio Villanueva, and Roy Cimatu
    and MANY MORE..
    27.Colmenares: GMA had P488 billion in ‘pork’

    • Edzel

      ang galing nito sa copy and paste. Dalawa lang ang kaso ni PeNoy. Katangahan at incompetence. Yun lang naman.

      • John TWT

        Napakatalino mo siguro….sana ikaw na lang presidente.

      • Edzel

        Oo naman. Saka hindi ako Row 4 tulad ni PeNoy.  he he he he he he he he he

      • Anonymous

        Hirap ka na ba at wala hatag. wala na kasi si Pandak

  • Anonymous

    Arroyo corruption and many more..
    1. NBN ZTE Scandal

    2. Millions of bribe money to Congressmen and Governors (October 2007)

    3. Cheating in 2004 Elections (Hello Garci)

    4. Joc Joc Bolante Case (Fertilizer Scam, P728 Million)

    5. Jose Pidal Bank Account (Unexplained Wealth, P200 Million)
    6. Nani Perez Power Plant Deal ($2 Million)

    7. Use of Road User’s Tax for Campaigning

    8. Billion Peso Macapagal Boulevard (Overprice of P532 Million)

    9. Juetengate? (Illegal Numbers game kickbacks)

    10. Extra Judicial Killings
    11. Arroyo Moneys in Germany (Exposed by Senator Cayetano)
    12. General Garcia and Other Military Men

    13. Billion Peso Poll Automation contract to(Mega Pacific) (P1.3 Billion)

    14. Northrail Project($503 Million)

    15. Maguindanao Results of 2007 Elections (Zubiri, Bedol)

    16. NAIA-3

    17. Venable Contract (Norberto Gonzales)

    18. Swine Scam (Exposed by? Atty. Harry Roque
    19. GLORIA Arroyo son hidden assets in united states
    22.the C-5 road controversy — Senator Manuel Villar
    23.P550-million worth of funds from the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA).
    24 P780-million LWUA funds-Prospero Pichay
    25 Bishop’s SUV-Gloria Birthday gift
    26 Arroyo linked in P325M lotto intelligence fund
    27 Arroyo got P200M in kickbacks from govt projects-Zaldy Ampatuan
    28.P200.41 billion or $4.6 billion in Malampaya royalties from 2002 to May this year.

    30. 600,000 metric tons of Rotten rice imported from India.Kishore Hemlani, an Indian trader allegedly close to Arroyo, reportedly bagged the P9.5 billion contract for the rice importation.
    31.Dato Arroyo wife bought the condo unit for $570,000, 70-square-meter one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit (Unit No. 533) at the luxury high-rise, full-service Gramercy Towers located at 1177 California St. in upscale downtown San Francisco.

  • Anonymous

    Gloria Macapal-Arroyo spent a whopping P2.85 billion for foreign trips she made during her nine years in office.

  • Anonymous

    Our poor nation knows too well that the past administration has been brimming with corruption. You name it (type of corruption), they did it.

    Sadly, our government dont even have what it takes to prosecute these people. Think about this: the senate hearings are aired on TV so the public may have an idea with what is going on behind the walls. But, neither one can prove another one’s guilt over these allegations.

    The argument revolves in circles and in the end the bad guys get away with it.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. President, it is easier said than done. Order the DOJ to file criminal cases those who had abused the coffers of government, which resulted in the country going down the drain. Your initiatives could be a wake up call for those trying to make a mockery of established laws. Show them that you can do it!

  • Edzel

    Prosecute abusive officials during past regimes?  Hope you include the officials during Cory Aquino’s regime most especially the Kamag-Anak. Inc. who enriched themselves with greed in looting sequestered companies of Marcos cronies. Umpisahan mo sa mga Aquino, Cojuangco, Lopa at iba pang mga lintek na kamag-anak mo. Every time you point your index finger to GMA for her corruption, 3 fingers points to yourself to remind you of the corruption of your mother during her time as president.  I won’t be surprised if coup d tat will be in the making soon because of your arrogance and being a simpleton.

    • Alejandro Sausa

      You are probably one of the corrupt person and because of Pinoy’s matuwid na landas program you are one who got affected and cannot steal anymore from Juan de la Cruz.

      • Edzel

        How can I be corrupt?  I am not a government employee nor a government official. Ang corrupt ay si Marcos, si Cory Aquino. si FVR, si Erap, si GMA at saka si PeNoy. Yung huli may dagdag pa na suwapang dahil pati budget ng judiciary, legislative at constitutional agencies ay gustong i-korupt.

      • Anonymous

        Pards matulog ka na lang para ka lasing.. wala ka sense magcomments..

  • Anonymous

    I suggest Pinoy should start with lawmakers who are themselves lawbreakers! May I suggest you start with Pichay and Angara.  This will send a strong message to anyone that this government is serious in dealing with corrupt public officials!

    • Edzel

      How about Lacson and Trillanes?  Dahil ba kakampi sila ni Penoy kaya libre na sila.  Corruption yun.  Harboring a criminal should be charged against PeNoy.

      • Anonymous

        Kung lumalaban naman sa tiwaleng pamahalaan at hindi nagnakaw sa bayan, bakit di mo muna isantabi ang paghahabol.Unahin muna ang mga gahaman at walang kabusugan na mga kawatan gaya ng mga arroyo, abalos, bolante, garcia, ligot, pichay at ibapa, Sila dapat ang bigyang priority baka sakali mabawi pa ang mga pera!

      • Anonymous

        Matulog ka na lang .. wala ka nman ebidensya na si Pnoy ang nagtago kay Lacson.. at ano ang kasalanan ni Trillanes.. Hirap sa iyo basta nagcomment ka wala nman sense.. sige dami mo yata nainom.. pahinga ka na

  • Ralph

    to balitangkutsero

    hindi ka seguro nakatangap ng kurakot mo kaya ka ma-reklamo ke Aquino. Ano ka – bulag sa mga ginawa ni Arroyo?

  • Ralph

    You are not corrupt. You are a moron. You make a sweeping accusation against all the previous presidents. For sure corruption is institutional in RP but at least Aquino is doing something about it in total transparency to the people. Nasaan naman ang proof mo na “pati budget ng judi,,,ay gustong i-korupt”? Kesa mag-ala Diyos ka na alam ang lahat, suportahan mo na lang kaya and kapuwa mo Pilipino. 

  • Anonymous

    Ito naman si Pnoy kung saan saan bansa ibinabandera ang corruption sa Pilipinas. Nakaraang linggo sa US, ngayon naman sa Japan.
    Dapat ba naman na ipangalandakan ang mga bagay na yan. Internal issue yan. Hindi lang yan reflection ng bansa pati na ng mga Pilipino.

    Para na ring sinabi na tama pala ang hapon sa pagsakop sa Pinas at di paghingi ng  apology sa bansa at sa comfort women.

    • Anonymous

      Mali kayo, manggoding. Ang corruption ay hindi lang internal issue para sa mga Pilipino. Walang foreign investments na papasok kung ang corruption ay laganap sa bansa. The issue of corruption is important to foreign investors, so much so that there is such a thing as Transparency International that rates countries according to their corruption index. 

      Ang ibinabandera ni PNoy sa buong daigdig ay hindi ang karaang corruption kundi ang mensaheng ang pamahalaan ngayon ay sinusugpo na ang corruption. PNoy’s message is not that there is or was corruption in the Philippines and the Filipinos are or were corrupt, but that his Administration is fighting corruption, in accordance with the electoral mandate delivered to PNoy by the Filipino people in the 2010 elections, and making those who committed corruption in the past accountable. This message of anti-corruption and transparency in government has been applauded in various fora in the US during his trip because corruption is an important concern to the rest of the world. And by trumpeting this message, the Filipinos are not shamed by it, but, on the contrary, are slowly regaining the respect of the international community.

    • gdarjuan

      To manggoding…padre sa lahat ng dako ng mundo kilala sa kurapsyon ang pilipinas! alam mo ba yon? alam mo ba kaya sinabi ni aquino yung kurapsyon sa bansa e tinanong lang siya? Hindi mo ba alam kung magkano ninakaw ng kaibigan mong si gloria et al ay unprecendented?? Kung hindi namin susuportahan si aquino sa tingin mo mababawi pa namin sa kaibigan mong si gloria ang mga ninakaw nila sa amin! 

    • Kaloy

      Manggoding hindi na kailangang ipangalandakan ang corruption sa pinas. Sa panahon ni Pandak we are ranked among most corrupt nations in the world. Magbabasa ka naman ng international and local dailies paminsan-minsan.

      Kaya nga iniiwasan at nahihiya nang kausapin ni Obama yang si Pandak nuong presidente pa iyan.

    • Anonymous

      Mali ka doon brad.. Kailangan ni Pnoy sabihin sa host na bansa na nilalabanan ng ating gobyerno ang ganoon gawain dahil alam na alam na ng mga bansa na masyado garapal ang corruption s sa Pilipinas.. Pag hindi ay baka wala na tayo maiganyo investors kahit mataas ang koryente sa bansa natin ay pwede pa rin tayo makakuha ng mga investors basta umiiral ang laban natin sa corruption.

  • J

    Spend more money on food production not only for us to consume but to export. Who has the good food is king. I don’t mind just using Nokia 3310 and not Apple IPhone as long as I have good food on the table and send my kids to good school!
    Spend more money on education and make sure there is a subject on anti-corruption.
    Spend more money to construct REAL farm to market roads. 6 – 8 inch thick and not 1.5.
    Spend more money to get the bad guys in the government.
    Abolish the use of Pork-Barrels.
    Any savings must go to salary increase of those honest and hardworking gov’t employees specially the teachers.

  • Anonymous

    Very good. I applaud Pres. Aquino for his consistency of
    purpose and vision. He said exactly in his second SONA in July that he would
    see to it that before the end of this year, very strong cases will be filed
    against those who were excessive in the previous administration of Gloria
    Macapagal Arroyo. I’m glad the President is not lost on his pledge with the
    Filipino people—the promise of justice and clean government which prompted the
    people to elect him president. This time he speaks braver and in no uncertain
    terms: he wants the corrupt jailed by 2012! Pnoy is well into his matuwid na
    daan. And, it must be noted. It’s really good Pnoy heeds the caution of
    economists and some sectors on his administration’s approach to spending. Both Benjamin
    Diokno and Solita Monsond had observed that what strains economic growth is
    precisely the underspending or oversensitivity to corruption by Pnoy’s
    government, at the expense of stirring the economy. Because of underspending,
    less jobs are generated, against which Sen. Angara cautioned the president’s
    economic team. With the recent upgrades by the international ratings agency,
    with the increasing confidence of the international community in Philippine
    business, there is every reason to be hopeful that the Philippine economy will
    begin to pick up. But there is one thing more Pres. Aquino might be missing:
    The passage of the Freedom of Information Bill. While the President has
    explained his position on this well with Jessica Soho’s State of the Nation, many
    believe, myself included, that if the FOI is passed into law, the President’s
    drive against corruption will become more effective. The President must certify
    to Congress this bill as urgent. He must do this very soon. (At least now, we
    have a listening President.)

    • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    I would bet if one Arroyo family member will go to jail. In the Philippines, if you have money, your case can run for as long as you like until the complainant surrenders.

    Or you can be in jail but be treated like a hotel guest, like the Ampatuans, complete with cel fones and first class food and have you checked regularly by the best hospital outside of your prison cell. In the Philippines, money doesn’t only talk, it commands the authorities.

    • Anonymous

      Just like what happened to Joseph Estrada. Akalain mong muntik pang makabalik sa malacanang after being convicted of plunder.

      • Anonymous

        The Criminally Inclined Ignoramus (CII), convicted plunderer almost made it back to Malacanang, imagine? I still admire the idiotic voters. Alam ng ganun ang tao pilit pa ring ibinoboto. What idiots! Kasama na diyan ang mga kamag-anak, kaibigan, kapit-bahay, kabayan ko. 

  • Alfred Gonzaga

    according to Pnoy, corrupt officials must be jailed by 2012; paano na yon wala ng tao si PNOY:
          1. dinky soliman – peace bond                             9. alicia torres – protector ng carnapper
          2. cesar purisima – tax evasion                            10. kris          – libelous sister
          3. paquito ochoa  – instant mansion                     11. drilon        – commisoner of iloilo airport and pork
          4. PNoy      – porche at BMW                              12. farinas      –  suspect in his wife death. 
          5. lim at puno  –  manila hostages                        13. singson    – jueteng lord
          6. juico/tolentino – illegal transfger of PCSO bldg.  14. estrada     –  plunder case       
          7. geles/lacierda/vailte – arrogant and spoiled brat  15. ramos      – centenial and amari expose
          8. binay      –   illlegal transaction at makati           16. at iba pa do ko na matandaan. 

    • Kaloy

      Another Arroyo’s paid lunatics..Man, Mercury Drugs currently sells brain laxatives for brain worms. Please take a dozen immediately to clean your head so you can talk a little more sensible. Please also advise your thieve masters to take it too ok?—

    • Anonymous

      Think before you click. Your datas are just mere speculations, do you have proof on that? And all of your datas are just “chismis” with no bearing at all. Didn’t Pnoy bought the Porche by his own money( P4.5M) ? Its a third hand vehicle actually and this was disposed already. Check your facts before you made accusations because its dangerous. Poor on you.

  • Anonymous

    Dapat lang, the Arroyo’s should pay all the sins they have done to the Filipinos. No mercy!

  • Anonymous

    Puro corruption ang inaadvertise kasi baka masilip na hindi nila inaasikaso ang peace and order. If the President is indeed a leader. he will make peace and order his prime priority because it’s the pre-requisite to any investment. How could you invite capitalists when news reports are all NPA raids, Moro bandits, kidnapping, carnapping, drug syndicate and a long lists of other crimes? Wala talaga. Makakalbo na lang ang mga Pinoy pero walang mangyayari sa buhay.

  • Rina Cortez

    edzel , tsk tsk tsk, i think you are a benefactor of the GMA adm, you are out of tune…

  • Anonymous

    Go PNoy! Reconciliation should be based on justice. Dapat talaga ihabla para wag pamarisan.

  • Anonymous

    Its now or never. The corrupt officials can not fool all people all the time. Go for it PNoy.

  • Montrealer

    Nagmumukha tuloy amateur si McCoy sa kabuwayahan ni Pandak at pamilya nya. Kahit wala kang gawin sa term mo PNoy kundi usigin at ipakulong ang mga bwitre ng past administration, maligayang-maligaya na ang mga Pilipino at nakangiti na silang matutulog dahil mawawala na ang corruption. Kung walang corrupt walang mahirap di ba sabi mo?

  • Raul Matienzo

    it’s okay to file, but the problem, it will take 10 years to resolve. kahit pa iconvict yan, may CA pa. tapos punta sa SC. Yung gumawa ng kasalanan, alam niya yan, napag-ipunan na yan mula ren sa pera ng baya, Matalino rin ang mga “buwaya”

  • Anonymous

    Right now filing corruption cases against GMA and her minions wont’t change the Philippine’s future. Economy needs effective planning and nationwide peace. Why can’t the administration of Noynoy show concern or interest in these fields?

  • Anonymous

    “More corruption cases to be filed, says Aquino”

    MAGANDANG balita yan….pero mas gaganda yan kapag may nasampolang kahit na ilan lang na makulong kaagad para magkaroon at lumakas ang TIWALA ng mamamayan sa pamahalaaan at sistema kahit na ito ay na-aagnas na. Ang pagbabalik kay Gen Thief Garcia sa kulungan (NBP) ay isa ng hakbang tungo sa mabuting kaayusan. Kung si Glori-eta pa yan, e naku. na sa Tate na si Garcia at tiyak ng pinagpipistahan na nya at ng kanyang mga ka-pamilya ang nakulimbat nya sa kaban ng bayan.

  • ian

    Political dynasties should be the number 1 priority, but it never will be , of course.

  • fightforphilippines

    do it, too much talk, no results. we are fed up with such recording for more than a year now.

  • Igorotak

    Mr Moderator, I want my comments posted here NOW!!!! Why screen them when I speak for the TRUTH. Pnoy should not always put much emphasis about corruption in his native land in his foreign sorties….IT IS SO DEMEANING TO US FILIPINOS, are we ALL a bunch of crooks??? this is a domestic issue, we are NOT in showbiz….

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