'No sincerity in DBM chief's resignation'
MANILA (UPDATED) - United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general and Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco branded as a "bad script" the resignation of Budget Secretary Butch Abad.
Speaking to Mornings@ANC on Friday, Tiangco said it was obvious that there was no sincerity in Abad's resignation.
"All I can say is this: Bad script, bad acting, and bad faith," Tiangco said.
President Benigno Aquino III announced Friday that Abad tendered his resignation yesterday amid the controversy surrounding the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
He revealed this before the start of the Cabinet meeting where Abad was set to present the proposed 2015 national budget.
Aquino, however, did not accept Abad's resignation, saying that the DAP benefited the Filipino people.
"So what can we do diba? We cannot do anything. He is the President. He is the one in power. So siguro manigas na lang tayo lahat. Wala namang tayong magagawa," Tiangco said.
Kabataan Party-list Representative Terry Ridon, likewise, criticized Abad for his "insincere" resignation.
"I think that is an insincere resignation because it is not of a type that is irrevocable," Ridon said in a separate interview with ANC.
He noted that Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla had also done the same thing when he tendered his resignation in December last year but still subjected it to the approval of the President.
Aquino also rejected Petilla's resignation, saying that he had done much in the aftermath of super typhoon "Yolanda."
The Kabataan Party-list and several other youth groups have filed plunder charges against Abad over the DAP, several acts and practices of which were recently declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (SC).
Ridon said they will also file malversation charges against Abad by next week.
Meanwhile, Tiangco refused to comment on why Vice President Jejomar Binay apparently did not clap when Aquino announced that he rejected Abad's resignation.
Aquino's announcement was met with applause by members of the Cabinet. Binay, however, was not seen clapping his hands.
Tiangco said he has not yet talked to the Vice President. "But one thing I'm sure of is gusto niya ng transparency," he said.
PNoy's reaction 'expected'
According to former National Treasurer and Social Watch Philippines lead convenor Leonor Briones, Aquino's rejection of Abad's resignation was expected.
She said Aquino needs the budget chief to justify Malacañang's stand on the DAP.
"It's an expected reaction on the part of the President... Because he hardly honors the resignation of his Cabinet members."
"I would imagine that the President would need Butch Abad to justify because there is this continuing public debate on who should be accountable for the DAP. So he probably needs Butch Abad to be around," she told ANC.
Briones also slammed the Aquino administration's claims that the DAP greatly contributed to the country's economic growth.
She cited a World Bank report, which she said clearly stated that the DAP is not credited for the growth of the gross domestic product (GDP).
Meanwhile, Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares said Abad's resignation was an admission on his part that "indeed DAP was wrong."
"There was no good faith," he said.
He also said that even after Abad had tendered his resignation, that should not take away the culpability of Aquino, noting that the President approved the DAP.
The DAP first hit the headlines after Senator Jinggoy Estrada claimed that several senators received some P50 million to P100 million supposedly in exchange for voting to convict former Chief Justice Renato Corona.
"No matter what Malacañang says, we believe billions of pesos were lost there," Colmenares said.