By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
July 23, 2014
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – With impeachment complaints being filed against President Benigno Aquino III over the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP, some Filipino-Americans think this is an unnecessary move.
“Impeachment, I don’t think, it is a solution,” said Marily Mondejar. “I don’t think it should even be brought to the table. I think we need to be vigilant, watch the issues, look at the pros and cons, and have a professional discussion and opinion so we can all learn from this.”
Others say instead of putting Aquino down with impeachment complaints, they should make sure to support Aquino to make sure he does his job as president.
“He had inherited a lot prior to this problem and what matters to me is the results – the good results,” said Johnny Veloso.
But others say Aquino has had enough time to prove his worth as president. They say he’s clearly not doing well.
In a statement from BAYAN USA chairperson Bernadette Elleron, she says, “Aquino failed the Filipino people by continuing to walk the crooked and corrupt path, not the ‘daang matuwid’ that he claimed in the beginning of this term four years ago. Following the footsteps of his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Aquino proves to be just another puppet regime riddled with human rights violations, pork barrel scandals, and liberal economic policies.”
Attorney Ted Laguatan, legal counsel for the US Pinoys for Good Governance, says that the president’s DAP was meant to help the country but was distributed improperly.
“So the Supreme Court justices decided these transfer of funds to other worthwhile projects outside the executive branch was unconstitutional,” said Attorney Laguatan, “but they never said it was immoral for sure, because the good purposes were accomplished.”
Laguatan says the president’s opponents are looking for any reason to attack the president regardless of the facts.
“They are twisting the facts,” said Laguatan. “They are saying money was stolen. No money was stolen, everything was accounted for. So the purpose for which Aquino and the DAP use of money was for good purposes.”
Laguatan has no doubt that the impeachment complaints against the president will not progress when Congress resumes sessions on July 28.
“This will not fly,” said Laguatan. “Aquino is a very popular president. The people trust him. They know that he meant to do good. So this impeachment thing is pure garbage and people will not give respect to this.”