A student group called the League of Filipino Students (LFS) is urging incoming President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte to put outgoing President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III in jail.
“We ask the incoming administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to commit in making Aquino accountable in all his crimes against the Filipino people. We need to see Aquino in jail,” LFS National Secretary-General Aries Gupit told reporters on Monday.
“We ask President Duterte to make Aquino pay for his crime. We shall not allow the culture of impunity to continue. Ang mga may kasalanan ay dapat managot (criminals should pay for their crimes) – this is President Duterte’s image and we ask him to uphold this by jailing Aquino,” Gupit added.
The LPS National Secretary-General explained that PNoy should be held accountable for being allegedly involved in different political controversies and violations.
One of these controversies is Aquino’s alleged involvement in the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). DAP was allegedly used by the Aquino administration to bribe lawmakers to impeach Justice Secretary Renato Corona. However, Malacañang denied the accusations and defended Aquino’s actions.
Gupit also said that Aquino should be held responsible for the disastrous Mamasapano police operation that left 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) dead. Aquino admitted that there was a lack of coordination among the government forces which lead to what is known as one of the biggest losses of government elite force in history.
The LFS is also blaming the outgoing president for the violent dispersal of protesting farmers in Kidapawan last month. The protest – attended by thousands of farmers – in front of the National Food Authority Office in Kidapawan left 3 farmers dead, 43 arrested and a total of 116 people wounded from both sides.
However, Duterte has already said in an earlier interview that people should not expect him to prosecute Aquino. “Maybe when I sit as President, I am not going to prosecute. I am not up to it actually, going after political enemies,” Duterte said.