MANILA -- Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo Jr. (Neg. Occ., 5th District) claimed Monday that there is now a clamor in Congress to impeach President Benigno Aquino III, whose administration is on the offensive against the family and allies of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for alleged anomalous transactions in the past.
Arroyo also slammed the administration of Aquino for withholding the release of their Priority Development Assistance Funds, including that of former President Arroyo, her sons Camarines Sur. Rep Dato Arroyo and Ang Galing Pinoy party-list Rep. Mikey Arroyo, and other members of the minority bloc.
During his sister-in-law’s presidency members of the opposition, like her allies in Congress, all received their PDAF, he said.
If this continues “my fear is that the ones who will pay for it will be the people”, Arroyo said.
“Maybe its time to change the President before he changes the country, so we can have a better country,” he added.
If you impeach the president, the vice president will take over, and Jejomar Binay is much better than Aquino, Arroyo said.
Asked what grounds they will cite for Aquino’s impeachment, Arroyo said “we are waiting for our legal people to do it and find reasons.”
Arroyo said the clamor for the impeachment of President Aquino comes from the ordinary people.
He also said that the withholding of their PDAF has already affected scholars, construction of the much-needed classrooms, and delivery of basic health services in his 5th district of Negros Occidental.
The four Arroyo’s skipped the State of the Nation Address of President Aquino on Monday, although they attended the opening of the 2nd regular session of the 15th Congress in the morning.
“Maybe he has no heart for the Filipino people,” Arroyo claimed.
Each member of the House of Representatives receives P60 million in PDAF annually.
Almost all congressmen who belong to the minority bloc did not receive their PDAF, Arroyo claimed.
But Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda belied claims Malacañang had withheld the pork barrel of congressmen who had voted against impeachment of former Ombudsman Mercedita Gutierrez.
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad also denied giving preferential treatment to Aquino allies in the release of the PDAF Fund, explaining that the delay in the release of the pork barrel was only due to a temporary delay in the implementation of public works projects in an attempt to prevent funding leaks that allow corruption.*GPB