MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that the country will only be able to move on from corruption allegations against erring officials only after justice has been achieved.
“May nagsabi na bang sorry sa ginawang katiwalian? Makaka-move on lang tayo ‘pag nakamtan ang katarungan,” he said in his 6th State of the Nation Address.
The President harped his appointment of efficient officials to fight corruption amid the efforts of some public servants to abuse the system.
“Noon pa man alam na nating katiwalian ang ugat ng pagdurusa. Ang mga dalubhasa ng lumang kalakaran ay hindi papayag na matigil ang kanilang pagsasamantala. Patuloy na ginagamit ang salapi at poder para gumamit ng salbabida sa oras ng panghuhusga,” he said.
Aquino said he replaced resigned Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez with then retired Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales and impeached Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona with Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.
“May sapat silang panahon para magpatupad ng reporma sa ahensiya,” he said.
He added that he also immediately appointed Grace Pulido Tan to the Commission on Audit, Kim Henares to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, and Leila de Lima to the Department of Justice.
“Marami silang sinuspindi at ikinulong,” he added.
Aquino said if there is any doubt about the administration of justice, one only need to look at the three detained senators who are facing plunder and graft charges in connection with the multi-billion pork barrel scam. He was referring to Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.
He noted that some are using the Filipinos’ compassion to make them forget about the alleged corruption committed.
“Ang makalimot sa mali ng nakaraan garantisadong uulitin ito. Ipinapalimot nila sa atin ang kanilang nagawa, sasabihin nilang kawawa naman kami. Sinasamantala nila ang likas na pagkamawaain ng mga Filipino. ‘Yan naman talaga ang kanilang masterplan para patuloy tayong pagsamantalahan,” Aquino said. (MNS)