De Lima, who served as Justice Secretary during the Aquino administration, said she become saddened by means of the submitting of instances towards Aquino, who completed his six-yr term two weeks in the past.
Aquino has been accused of criminal wrongdoing within the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and in the botched Mamasapano operation that resulted within the bloodbath of 44 members of PNP Special Action Force (SAF 44) in January 2015.
“It would’ve been okay if there was any basis or if the motives were legitimate,” De Lima said.
De Lima additionally stated it is disappointing to peer that the households of the slain SAF contributors are being used for the political agenda of the people behind the criminal complaints against Aquino.
She maintained that she could not see any feasible criminal liability on the a part of Aquino.
She mentioned that Aquino explained on numerous activities that he changed into not absolutely knowledgeable approximately the ground when the clash between the SAF and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front became taking vicinity.
“If the real situation on the ground was given then, the president would have given the proper orders. But it was not,” she added.
De Lima said there may be additionally no foundation to fee Aquino and former budget secretary Florencio Abad because they carried out this system in good faith. De Lima expressed confidence that Aquino and his allies might be able to justify their roles on the 2 troubles and give you exact, valid defenses.
“The Supreme Court has clarified that good faith is presumed. I can assure you that when the program was envisioned, the administration was in good faith, the president was in good faith, secretary Abad was in good faith,” De Lima said.
“No evidence has been presented showing that the in the course of the implementation of the program, that someone made money from this,” she added.
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