PNoy’s rebuke of SC decision ‘a drama’

MILITANT groups yesterday said the scathing rebuke of President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III on the decision of the Supreme Court declaring as “unconstitutional” the creation of Truth Commission is nothing but a political drama.

“We don’t believe President Aquino really meant what he said to the high tribunal. It is just a political drama,” the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) said in a joint statement.

Pamalakaya chair Fernando Hicap and KMP spokesperson Antonio Flores said the Truth Commission “is nothing but a national project for Arroyo’s continuing immunity in the name of political accommodation.”

“From the start the Truth Commission is doomed to fail because it is a toothless tiger and was designed to give former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo enough elbow rooms to maneuver and manipulate,” they said.

Hicap and Flores said they never entertained any hope that the commission could bring Arroyo the bar of justice.

“How could the Truth Commission work when Aquino administration is working discretely to patch up things with the Arroyo camp? Imagine, Mrs. Arroyo who is convicted by public opinion for grand plunder is even awarded by Aquino with P 2.4-billion in total pork barrel funds for her district in Pampanga,” the militant leaders noted.

In a national televised address, President Aquino said the Arroyo administration is not like other past regimes and should not be treated as such, reacting to the 10-5 ruling that the former President now Pampanga congresswoman Arroyo’s rights are guaranteed against the Constitution’s equal protection clause.

Those who voted against the constitutionality of Truth Commission were: Chief Justice Renato Corona, Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita Leonardo de Castro, Arturo Biron, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Martin Villarama Jr., Jose Perez and Jose Mendoza.

Those who issued dissenting opinions include Justices Antonio Carpio, Conchita Carpio-Morales, Antonio Nachura, Roberto Abad and Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

The President assailed the ruling warning his administration will not allow those pretending deaf and blind to get in the way of his campaign against corruption.

Mr. Aquino said the next step is to amend Executive Order No.1 creating the Truth Commission.

“Mr. Aquino and the ruling gangland in Malacañang knew from the start that the Truth Commission can be challenged anytime before the Arroyo dominated tribunal,” Hicap and Flores said.  D’Jay Lazaro

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