A DISTURBING PATTERN FOR PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTS

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L-R: Estrada, Arroyo, Aquino

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). 

Because of this consistent pattern with the Office of the President, lawmakers are gearing up for a charter change (locally known as ‘cha-cha’) that would amend the qualifications for the presidency. In addition to citizenship, residency and age qualifications, the lawmakers want every candidate for president to be “able and willing” to go to jail after his or her term of office. A few senators are even proposing that the elected president should not be immune from lawsuit during his or her term.
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