• Bishops want DAP authors prosecuted

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    Authors of the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to deter future commission of large-scale graft and corruption, according to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

    Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, issued the statement on Wednesday, a day after the Supreme Court (SC) affirmed an earlier ruling that DAP funds are illegal.

    A protégé of the late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, Villegas urged legal experts to study the implications of the High Court’s ruling.

    He said the CBCP, with the aid of consultants and experts, will study the SC ruling on the DAP and will make proposals for “change either by legislation or even by constitutional amendment.”

    “It is also hoped that those who knowingly and deliberately misused public funds in a manner declared illegal by the Supreme Court should now be investigated and, if necessary, prosecuted,” Villegas pointed out as he renewed the CBCP’s call for a government that truly serves the nation by avoiding all forms of corruption and deceit.

    In its decision on Tuesday, the tribunal ruled that only the authors of the DAP can be held liable.

    “While it does seem like the Supreme Court has maintained its initial characterization of transfer of funds from one branch of government to another, some are disturbed by the fact that its ruling apparently lends its judicial fiat to disbursements for unappropriated items or projects. Under our present constitutional system, the Constitution is what the Supreme Court says its text means,” Villegas said.

    He urged everybody “to abide by the rule of law by complying with the decretal provisions of the Supreme Court’s judgment and resolution.”

    In its ruling, the High Court clarified that President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, the main authors of DAP, could only be cleared if the court would find them acting in good faith.

    Hence, it is expected that a series of charges will be filed against Aquino and Abad while the proponents and implementors of the DAP are no longer liable for their acts.

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    1. sonny dela cruz on

      The CBCP should lead the ouster of the President now before its too late. President Aquino will never resign because he knows the consequences he is going to face once he resign or finish his term. With the kind of assocuates he got right now like abad where they are going to face prosecution, they will never leave their position and will be thinking of what Marcos did because they know the people will not do or cannot do anything because they are in power. I am pretty sure they have the military behind them to protect them, maybe many of the Generals were the recipient of the DAP. Pls. CBCP wake up to save the people and the country. Pls. HELP THEM.

    2. muriel magtanggol on

      If they do an honest to goodness accounting, they will see that those two evil, conniving goons allowed for a systematic squandering of the people’s money! Occular inspection alone from where anybody stands will show that government spending does not anywehere equal benefits for the people, infrastructure and progress. But, occular inspection of the politician’s bellies, faces, assets, no. Of supported families easily tell us where those DAP related funds went! I truly hope that we, the Filipino people will finally get justice from our abusers!