Palace belittles another impeachment rap vs Aquino

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Monday, August 11, 2014

MALACANANG shrugged off Monday the filing of another impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino III.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the Palace was not giving priority on the impeachment raps against Aquino.

"That is not a priority for us. The allegations that the President committed wrongdoing is, certainly, we do not agree with. But is it something that we're concerned? No, we're not," he said in a press briefing.

He said Malacanang would just let the impeachment proceeding to take its course in Congress.

Militant Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT Teachers) filed on Monday the fourth impeachment complaint against Aquino for allegedly continuing the pork barrel system in the proposed budget for next year.

But Lacierda said that under the 2014 and 2015 budget, the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel of the lawmakers was already removed after the Supreme Court declared it as unconstitutional.

However, he clarified that the legislators were allowed to propose projects to be executed by the executive branch.

"So we're now talking of the phase where budget proposals, and in fact, budget calls were issued to all. And so, that’s—we’re now… And there’s no problem when you are proposing, when you are in the budget proposal phase of the budget. What the Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional is the legislature’s role in budget execution," Lacierda said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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