Aquino belittles impeachment complaints as ‘personal attacks’ | Inquirer News

Aquino belittles impeachment complaints as ‘personal attacks’

/ 12:09 PM August 28, 2014

President Benigno Aquino. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Personal attacks. That’s what President  Benigno  Aquino III said of the protests held and impeachment complaints filed against him by his critics.

“Iyon  talagang  masyado  nila  akong  pine-personal (They are just attacking my character),” Aquino said during an exclusive interview with  Bombo  Radyo.


The President mentioned how his critics would continue to rally in front of his house in Times Street in Quezon City although he seldom stayed there.

He also belittled the decision of a committee at the House of Representatives that found the three impeachment complaints filed against him “sufficient in form.”


“Mahirap  naman  yatang  maging  insufficient in form  dahil  form  nga  e, para bang fill in the blanks  lang  iyon,” he said.

(Perhaps it would be unlikely that it would become insufficient in form because it’s a form, you just fill in the blanks.)

Nevertheless, Aquino said he wanted justice to prevail.

“Naniniwala ako  magkakaroon  tayo  ng  katarungan  diyan  (I believe that there will be justice),” he said.

He added that there were now less people criticizing him.

“Kumukonti  iyong  bilang  nila  dahil  marami  ang  nagtitiwala  ulit  sa  gobyerno,” Aquino said.

(Their numbers are dwindling because more people now trust the government.)


Two of the three impeachment complaints filed accused Aquino of betrayal of public trust for realigning government savings to the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which was declared partly unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

The third one also tackled betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution because of the Philippine government’s Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the United States.

But Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary general Renato Reyes, one of the petitioners of the first complaint on DAP, said the President should read their impeachment complaint to see that it is not “just a personal attack on him by the Left.”

“The complaint was sign by a broad range of individuals, some of whom even supported him in the past. If he only takes time to actually read the complaint, he will see that there are serious allegations regarding culpable violations of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust that we did not conjure out of thin air but rather based on actual documents that he signed,” Reyes said.

He said Aquino should instead answer the allegations of their complaint.


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