Incoming DAR Secretary claims there is a strong documentary evidence to pin down President Aquino for using DAP money in paying the Hacienda Luisita estate.
In a news article published by Interaksyon.com, Incoming DAR Secretary Mariano told reporters in the “Tapatan” media forum about a documentary evidence linking President Aquino to the illegal use of DAP in paying the family of the President for the parcel land in Hacienda Luisita covered by agrarian reform.
There is documentary evidence regarding the use of P471-M from DAP, which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, for the payment of parcels of lands at the Hacienda Luisita owned by the Cojuangco-Aquino family in Tarlac.
Incoming DAR Secretary revealed that the fingerprint of Budget Secretary Abad is also written all over the alleged misappropriation of DAP funds in the Hacienda Luisita compensation scandal.
He also told the reporters that the Cojuangco-Aquino family had expressed dissatisfaction over the payment, thus elevating the case to the Special Agrarian Court.
Incoming DAR Secretary assures the general public he will review the payment scheme entered by the Pnoy government with his family’s estate; he will also review other cases involving big corporation claimants from the agrarian reform law.
It can be recalled that it was during the time of CJ Corona when the Supreme Court ordered the distribution of the Hacienda Luisita Estate to farmer-worker beneficiaries.
In 2011, CJ Corona was impeached by the LP-led Congress.
In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled with finality that the Hacienda Luisita shall be distributed to about 6,000 farmer-beneficiaries.
Mariano reminded reporters that President Aquino’s terms on June 30 and his immunity from suit expires as well.
Take note that the under the CARP (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program) law, the president is the ex-officio chairman of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC), which decides agrarian reform cases like Hacienda Luisita.