UNA to Palace: Investigate, don't absolve Abad

Posted at 07/10/2014 3:42 PM

MANILA - United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general Toby Tiangco slammed Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda for clearing Budget Secretary Florencio Abad of any liability even without an investigation.

“What Malacanang did was clearly in A-bad faith,” Tiangco said.

He expressed frustration with the way Malacanang is handling the corruption scandal when it comes to its “yellow allies.”

“What cards does Abad have in his sleeves that the President is so scared of him? Is PNoy worried that Abad will take him down with him and tell all he knows?” he asked.

Abad was first “cleared” in his alleged link to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, where businesswoman Janet Napoles tagged him as the “mentor.”

Yesterday, Lacierda claimed Abad did not steal money via the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The DAP was used to spur economic growth, Malacanang claimed.

A plunder case has been filed against Abad.

Tiangco wants Abad to enlighten the public on how people’s money are funneled to finance supposed “high-impact” projects like the P250 million Congressional E-Library and the P135 million spy gadgets purchased by the Presidential Security Group (PSG).

“Malinaw na may tinatago ang Malacanang at agad pinapawalang-sala ang mga nasa likod ng DAP kahit wala pang imbestigasyon. Cover-up is never done in good faith,” said Tiangco.

“Why would Lacierda insist that Sec. Abad—who is considered the brains behind DAP—did not personally gain from it? Hindi barya-barya ang P170 billion… kailangan niyang ipaliwanag kung ano ang ginawa nya sa pera ng taumbayan,” he said.

Abad has yet to publicly comment about the SC decision declaring the DAP unconstitutional.