By: Elena Grace Flores
Atty. Bonifacio Alentajan, former president of the Philippine Constitutional Association (Philconsa), filed a motion before the Sandiganbayan with Abad as the principal accused in the plunder and graft cases against detained Sens. Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, and Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. The Revised Penal Code of the Philippines indicates that a principal accused is the one who has direct part in the execution of a crime – as well as directly forces or induces others to take part in the wrong-doing. He was confident in saying that Abad is the most guilty because he authorized the issuance of the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO). He also issued the notices for cash allocations according as noted by CNN Philippines.
This can only explain why another Abad of all qualified people can be AMLC’s executive director. It was remembered in the Tribune’s report that: Joey Salgado who is Binay’s head for media affairs clarified that AMLC maliciously interpreted the money transfers to Synnovate, Synnovate Ltd. and David Rink Consultancies in Canada as illegal without checking. Had they done that, they should have known they were paid for market research transactions and not as deposits as accused. This has misled the Court of Appeals in ordering the freezing of Binay’s legitimate bank accounts.
The big question is, why did Pnoy as President allowed Abad’s connivance with AMLC if this is not part of the demolition move against Vice President Jejomar Binay for 2016 if he really is for the “straight path”?
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