Aquino buddies under fire

Opposition lawmakers are training their guns on the “kakampi, kaklase and kabarilan” of President Benigno Aquino III whom Malacañang has purportedly been coddling.

Speaking on Wednesday at a press conference, House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman announced the filing of a yet unnumbered resolution calling for the investigation of Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno for alleged bribery, Land and Transportation Office (LTO) chief Virginia Torres for alleged illegal meddling, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. for his reported P40-million mansion, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima for the alleged filing of tax charges against political enemies and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Chair Margarita Juico for alleged irregularities in her office, including its transfer from the Quezon Institute to the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Asked to comment, Malacañang said the opposition was “scraping the bottom of the barrel” in trying to accuse administration officials of corruption.

“These are poor attempts to impute anomalies to an administration that has committed itself against graft,” Edwin Lacierda, the President’s spokesperson, told the Inquirer.

“I suggest to them that they focus their attention on something more useful … for the Filipino people,” he said.

Lagman said that while it had taken the people 25 years to stamp out cronyism during the Marcos regime, the same malady was back in the Aquino administration.

“And when these close associates run afoul, true to the crony patron he has shown himself to be, President Aquino drags his feet in investigating, reprimanding and firing, even as he harangues and harasses political rivals with no basis or evidence,” Lagman said.

He said the resolution would be referred to the House committee on good government.


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