Militant youth groups file 2nd impeach rap vs Aquino

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MANILA -- Militant youth organizations led by the Kabataan Party-list filed Tuesday a second impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino III after the Supreme Court declared the administration's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional.

Kabataan party-list Representative Terry Ridon said their complaint, which is supported by 25 youth and student complainants, accused Aquino of culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust and graft and corruption.

"Since Aquino has shown a clear lack of delicadeza, wisdom and humility to resign from office over his culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust and graft and corruption, the concerned citizens led by youth and student organizations come to Congress today to avail themselves of a constitutional process of impeachment to hold him accountable," Ridon said.

He said they believed that Aquino "culpably violated the Constitution by usurping Congress’ power of the purse and undermining the principles of separation of powers and system of checks and balances."

He said the power of the purse solely belongs to Congress.

Aquino committed 116 counts of technical malversation for approving and implementing the 116 DAP-funded projects, he said.

The youth lawmaker added that Aquino also allegedly committed "attempted corruption of public officials" through allotment of funds to the legislators who voted to impeach Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Victor Villanueva, Youth ACT-NOW national convernor, said that initiating the impeachment process is the only constitutional recourse to stop the President's "deranged, self-absorbed and arrogant administration" from further violating the Constitution.

Last Monday, Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Isagani Zarate (Bayan Muna) and Fernando Hicap (Anak Pawis) endorsed the first valid impeachment complaint against Aquino in the House of Representatives.

House committee on justice chairperson Niel Tupas Jr. said they will prioritize the impeachment complaint in his committee.

Tupas said the complainants will have a tough time proving that the President culpably violated the Constitution though DAP allotments.

The administration lawmaker said that supporters of the impeachment case must prove that the DAP releases were "done in bad faith."

He added that to prove that the Chief Executive betrayed the public's trust, the case must have evidences that are "airtight strong" and has "strong public support."

Mindoro Oriental Reynaldo Umali, for his part, said that impeaching "an honest president" like Aquino is "a wishful thinking." (Sunnex)

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