Former President Benigno Aquino III and ex-finance Secretary faced charges of Section 3(e) and 4 of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Section 10 of RA 9851 in relation to Executive Order No. 226 or the Institutionalization of the Doctrine of Command Responsibility.
The case was filed by two former officials of Bureau of Customs and a newspaper publisher on Wednesday, September 14.
The complaint claimed that there was an alleged failure in collecting some P100 billion taxes from oil company, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. (PSPC) from 2004 to 2009.
The complainants said,
However, even with his authority and power to order Secretary Purisima, Comm. Biazon and Col. Benavidez to act on the matter and demand the payment from PSPC, President Aquino ignored complainant Aclan’s letter with indifference, as the PSPC controvers was left unanswered until he stepped down from office on June 30, 2016.Moreover, it said that Aquino should be held liable for the failure of collection under the under the concept of command responsibility since he has direct control and supervision over government officials.
Since 2011, the former President and DOF Secretary did nothing but allowed PSPC to continuously use the P7.348 billion and P1.99 billion government revenue for its own use and benefits, thereby giving it unwarranted benefits, and causing undue grave injury to the government.
This is the fifth case filed against the former president after he stepped down from his position on June 30. His cases include a connection on the controversial Mamasapano case that killed 44 Special Action Force (SAF) of Philippine National Police during an encounter with the bandits in Mindanao. Another case is on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
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Source: GMA News