Global alliance of overseas Filipinos slammed Pres. BS Aquino’s refusal to accept Dept. Of Budget and Management (DBM) Sec. Florencio Abad’s resignation, saying that the resignation is “insincere” and part of a “Palace spin” to evade accountability for the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
“BS Aquino and his cohorts have been consistent in showing their unrepentance and complete disregard of the Supreme Court decision on DAP. Abad’s resignation is clearly just another calibrated hypocritical move by the Palace for damage-control. It is also a clear message to the Filipino public that BS Aquino will continue to protect his ‘kamag-anak, kakampi, kabarilan’ despite and in spite of the people’s clamor,” said Garry Martinez, Migrante International chairperson.
Martinez also slammed Malacanang’s attempt to avert attention and accountability for the DAP by pointing fingers at its most vocal critics. He cited the latest intrigue being sowed against Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares insinuating that the anti-pork barrel lawmaker benefited from DAP.
“Rep. Colmenares has shown proof that he withdrew his project when he suspected that the funds allotted by the DBM (for it) could have come from DAP. As far as OFWs are concerned, that is the end of the story. We see what Malacanang is trying to do, it wants to deflect attention from BS Aquino and Abad by maligning the credibility of anti-pork barrel leaders. This is yet another part of the Palace spin. So sorry, but not happening. Filipinos around the world all know the real Pork Barrel King,” Martinez said.
Martinez said that Filipinos around the world are preparing for protests in time for BS Aquino’s fourth SONA. “We want BS Aquino out. We do not want him to stay until 2016. He can either resign, be impeached or ousted. It is time to establish a transition council that will hold BS Aquino, Abad and their ilk accountable for the unabashed plunder of public funds.” ###