Romualdez to PNoy: Stop beating a dead horse

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HOUSE independent bloc leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez yesterday scored President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for his continued vilification campaign against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, saying he should stop “beating a dead horse.”

Romualdez, a lawyer, asked President Aquino to stop the blame game intended to divert public attention, saying the buck stops at him.

He lamented President Aquino’s style of using Mrs. Arroyo, a second-term Pampanga lawmaker who is detained for plunder charges, as “shock absorber” every time a controversy rocks his administration.

“I hate to say this but they should stop beating a dead horse. She is in detention. She can’t even go to the chapel there all by herself. We have to focus on the future. When you are racing, you can’t look back. The moment you look back, you will stumble. If not, you will be too distracted that somebody else will overtake you,” Romualdez told reporters.

The Leyte congressman expressed strong disappointment over President Aquino’s seeming never ending bashing of Mrs. Arroyo.

“Whatever inefficiency and inadequacies of the past, it’s all on you now. If there is a suspected wrongdoing in the past, then let us have it investigated and find out who are guilty of crimes. If there is evidence, then those who are guilty should suffer the penalty of the crime they committed,” Romualdez added.

“As the charges are filed and the prosecution begins, we should also own up to our responsibility. Doing otherwise is just merely sowing vindictiveness and divisiveness,” he said.

He recalled that former President Ferdinand Marcos also suffered vilification campaign during the time of President Aquino’s late mother, then President Corazon “Cory” Aquino.

“It is not uncommon, it was also done by (President) Cory Aquino to the Marcoses,” Romualdez stressed.

Romualdez advised President Aquino to move on. “But we also need to move forward and upward. We cannot keep on blaming the inefficiencies of the past administration.”

Earlier, President Aquino slammed Mrs. Arroyo over the more than P1-trillion government funds that were misused to purportedly keep her from power during her nine-year presidency.

Romualdez challenged President Aquino to face questions surrounding his alleged presidential pork or the realignment of government savings to the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), saying any backlash that the country may face or experience in the coming months should not be blamed to his critics.

“The buck should stop with the President or his administration. We are halfway through. Stop the blame game,” Romualdez pointed out. “Any and all deficiencies, defects and anomalies of corruption, they should take responsibility.  They should stop looking before 2010.  A lot of things had happened since 2010, we’re now 2013.”

Romualdez said the country should move forward, pointing out that Mrs. Arroyo is now detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), ex-Chief Justice Renato Corona has been removed and being investigated by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), former Ombudsman Ma. Merceditas Gutierrez resigned and other significant things happened.

“If there’s anything and everything that went wrong, then the President and this administration should own up to that,” Romualdez said.

President Aquino has been hit over the release of P1.107 billion in pork barrel under DAP to senators after the Senate convicted Corona in May 2012, shifted the spotlight on the Arroyo administration in the current saga of scams.

Almost similar amount has been released to many members of the House of Representatives.

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