Justice Secretary orders probe on Aquino's DAP, pork barrel scam

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has tasked the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate allegations against former President Benigno Aquino III in connection to budget scandals during this administration.

DOJ asked the NBI to form a special task force to investigate the alleged anomalies in the Disbursement Acceleration Program and the Priority Development Assistance Fund.

The investigation was ordered by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. 

The action to reopen the investigation was made after the submission of supposed complaint evidence filed by the group led by Manila Councilor Greco Belgica.

The NBI was also tasked to look into the charges that Belgica filed against former President Aquino, former budget Secretary Florencio Abad and former budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos.

According to reports, the documents or evidence submitted by Belgica’s coalition showed that P6.5 billion from DAP funds of P144 billion of Aquino administration were allocated to local projects that are not itemized.

In an article posted by Philstar, Aguirre earlier hinted that former Senator Jinggoy Estrada might become a witness in the investigation.

Senator Estrada, previously admitted receiving extra money for projects through DAP and that extra fund was an incentive for voting to impeach the late Chief Justice Renato Corona.

“I will leave it to the people to create their own conclusion, whether this is true or not,” Senator Estrada said in 2013. 

“But I can reveal that after the conviction of the former chief justice, those who voted to convict the former chief justice, those who voted to convict were allotted an additional P50 million.” He added.

The former senator had been granted a bail in President Duterte’s term for his plunder case related to PDAP scam.

Source: Philstar

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