While acting post-haste on complaints against Vice President Jejomar Binay, the Commission on Audit (COA) is turtle-paced in the graft charges against President Benigno Aquino’s party men involved in the scandalous misuse of millions of pesos of the PDAF [Priority Development Assistance Fund] and DAP [Disbursement Acceleration Program].
COA’s recent release to the Ombudsman of an incomplete special audit report on the Makati City Hall Building 2 has drawn severe criticism from the camp of Binay.
Binay, standard bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), is being probed for alleged anomalies in connection with the construction of the building when he was the mayor of Makati City.
He said the charges against him are black propaganda out to derail his presidential bid in the May election.
UNA president Toby Tiangco said COA and the Ombudsman are part of the “demolition by perception” orchestrated by Malacanang against Binay.
According to Tiangco, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales exerted pressure on the COA to release and transmit to the anti-graft body the incomplete special audit report on Makati City Hall Building 2.
While fast on the case against Binay, in stark contrast, the COA and Ombudsman are “pussy-footing” on its report on the PDAF and DAP scams, said Tiangco.
Until now, COA has yet to release its complete audit reports covering political allies of President Benigno Aquino who are involved in the scandal, he added.
Thirty-eight members of the Liberal Party of Aquino were implicated in the PDAF scam led by former TESDA chair Joel Villanueva, have not yet been charged by the Ombudsman two years after the pork scam erupted.
LP presidential candidate Mar Roxas as then Interior Secretary and Budget secretary Florencio Abad, including Aquino, have been linked to DAP. PDAF and DAP have been declare illegal by the Supreme Court.
Binay filed a P200-million damage suit against Carpio-Morales and 12 others for repeatedly spreading allegations of plunder, graft and corruption, and other illegal activities against him based on unverified and even fabricated sources, and despite the fact these have not been proven in court.