MANILA -- The Volunteers Against Crime And Corruption (VACC) is eyeing the imprisonment of former president Benigno Aquino III for alleged plunder in connection with the so-called pork barrel funds as well as the impeachment of Ombudsman Conchita-Carpuo Morales this year.
VACC General Counsel, lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, said the VACC has set its eyes on Aquino following the detainment of Senator Leila de Lima over drug-related charges; and on Carpio for charges of selective prosecution and gross delay in the resolution of cases.
“The marching orders of the VACC legal panel are clear: to put ex-President Aquino and all others behind the 'pork barrel scam' behind bars, and to cause the impeachment of Ombudsman Morales, both to be done before the year is over,” Topacio said in a statement.
Morales last Tuesday cleared Aquino and Department of Budget and Management Undersecretary Mario Relampagos from charges over the alleged illegal implementation of the P72-billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Former budget secretary Florencio Abad was the only official found liable in the supposed illegal implementation of DAP.
The Ombudsman dismissed the administrative charges against Aquino for lack of jurisdiction, since the complaint was filed after his term as president. Relampagos was, meanwhile, cleared from administrative charges for lack of merit.
Morales, a Ramon Magsaysay awardee and a former Supreme Court justice, was appointed Ombudsman by Aquino in 2011.
Under Morales, the Office of the Ombudsman has filed numerous cases in connection to the pork barrel scam.