Leftist group wants to jail PNoy
Yet another leftist group, Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamayan, has boldly stated that the incoming administration has to treat outgoing President Benigno Aquino III as a "criminal" that Duterte should prosecute. News of Duterte's 8-point economic agenda has been met with widespread condemnation by radical leftist members, saying that Aquino's neoliberal policies is what keeps making the people poor.
The group has said that PNoy should be jailed for "crimes committed against the people". Despite this, the Malacanang sees no basis for jailing PNoy, and has defended the president. Herminio Coloma Jr., the Presidential Communications Operations Office secretary has defended PNoy by saying that the president has followed the Constitution and has enforced the laws fairly during his term.
The group said that the president, Budget secretary Florencio Abad, and Senate president Franklin Drilon should be made accountable for their alleged misuse of the Disbursement Acceleration Program, Priority Development Assistance Fund, and donations to Yolanda victims.
Coloma countered this by saying that it was under the Aquino administration that officials who were proven to have misused the funds were jailed, scoring three senators, several congressmen, and other officials. This was proof that there was no selective justice under the Aquino administration, said Coloma.
Coloma said that the job of seeking out "big fish" to jail was not solely under the realm of the executive branch, because all three government units must work hand-in-hand to catch wrongdoers. However, the administration does have its merits for having an outstanding Ombudsman that investigates and recommends charges to be filed for erring officials as well as having a justice secretary to cooperate with. The Supreme Court is tasked with streamlining its judicial processes to increases case turn over, while the legislative is in charge of judicial reforms.