Sen. Dick Gordon: "PNoy, Abad Could Have Been Indicted for Bigger Charges"

One of the country's most prominent lawmaker, Senator Richard "Dick" Gordon admitted during an interview with some media outlets that former Pres. Noynoy Aquino (PNoy), former Budget Secretary Butch Abad could have been indicted for bigger charges particularly malversation and graft and corruption.

According to Sen. Gordon while agreeing with the decision of the office of the Ombudsman to indict former Pres. Noynoy Aquino and former Budget Secretary Butch Abad for alleged usurpation of powers in connection with DAP controversy, he said they could have been indicted for higher charges.

In a statement during a radio interview, Sen. Dick Gordon was quoted as saying “As chairman of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights, I agree with the Ombudsman that there was usurpation. But, though I don’t know all the facts yet, I would have chosen the more stringent offenses which are graft and corruption and malversation. They were even guilty of malversation, technical malversation. Yung sa malversation, absorbed na ang usurpation doon e. In order to commit malversation, they usurped the powers of Congress,” he said when asked in an interview over the radio.

Sen. Gordon explained that the DAP distribution during Noynoy Aquino's term amounts to technical malversation because Aquino and Abad tampered with the appropriations by declaring it as savings so they could spend the fund somewhere else, deliberately substituting their judgement for the judgement of Congress.

The prominent lawmaker stated "Eto ang purpose ng Kongreso, co-equal branch of government, and then they cavalierly declare savings so they can spend the money for a purpose for which it was not intended for. Imagine, declaring savings in the middle of the year. In any language, savings can only be declared at the end of the year. They thought nobody could question them. Nakikita mo, nilulusot talaga nila. They thought they could get away with it,” he said.

The senator, who is also the chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee, likewise pointed out that the fact that they have committed such act repeatedly - in the procurement of P3.5-billion worth of Dengvaxia vaccine and misuse of P10.6-billion PhilHealth funds allotted for senior citizens, constitute an aggravating circumstance.

“It goes into habit, which is why they should file a bigger case. Because in Dengvaxia they did the same, they transferred money. Then in the PhilHealth case, again they transferred money for purposes other than what it was intended for. So may habit. Pag may habit, that’s considered aggravating,” he said.

Source: Sen. Richard Gordon's FB Page

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