MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The two Philippine presidents before this current administration both faced jail time, and NoyNoy Aquino seems headed the same path as his predecessors.
Joseph Estrada was jailed for plunder but was subsequently released by his successor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who herself is in hospital arrest for charges of electoral sabotage and misuse of lottery funds.
On Wednesday, Aquino said that if necessary, he is willing to be put in jail for the decisions he made during his term.
Asked about his opinion on threats by his critics to charge and arrest him for the implementation of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), parts of which were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, Aquino said that going to jail will be a “necessary consequence.”
(Update: President Aquino was accused yesterday before the Office of the Ombudsman of illegal use of public funds through DAP and PDAF).